Western Sydney drew first blood, going up a goal thanks to some persistence and a little luck from Jaushua Sotirio, but Melbourne City clawed one back through talismanic striker Ross McCormack.

The Scot converted after a controversial penalty decision, with Jumpei Kusukami appearing to be fouled in the lead up.

But the Wanderers can have few complaints; Sotirio, Roly Bonevacia and Brendan Santalab all had chances to restore the Wanderers lead, but were too complacent in the City penalty area.

McCormack also had golden chances to win the game, but the draw leaves City two points behind Newcastle Jets in third, while the Wanderers sit a more distant fourth.

A livid Bart Schenkeveld was steaming at the end of the match, and pulled no punches in his summation of City’s performance.

“I feel really s**t,” he said. “We have to win this game, we have to. I’m really sad, but what else can you say.

“We have to score, unfortunately Ross doesn’t score, but next time he’ll be there for us.

“(The match) opened up a lot, but at the end it was more about physicality, which makes it more about who wants to win the game most.

“I came here to win the championship. I don’t know if it’s alright to say, but if you feel it, you have to say it.”

Vedran Janjetovic was a much cooler customer – it was his performance that keeps the Wanderers within two wins of their opposition.

“We seem to be letting teams off the hook,” he said. “But we’ve been handling it pretty well, and playing good football.

“Yeah there was a few tweaks (over the past week), I think the boys got the gist of it.

“We looked good so we can only build from here.”