Newcastle Jets have squeezed into the top six after a 0-0 draw with second-placed Melbourne Victory at McDonald Jones Stadium on Monday night.
In a match rescheduled from Saturday due to the weekend heatwave in the Hunter, the Jets dominated and had the better of the chances against a sluggish Victory.
Chinese import Ma Leilei and midfielder Steven Ugarkovic both drew smart saves from Lawrence Thomas in a cagey first-half.
Jets keeper Jack Duncan comes out to claim a cross under pressure from Victory winger Marco Rojas.
The Jets continued to threaten after the break with Thomas denying Hoole again, while Morten Nordstrand and Andrew Nabbout also went close for the home side.
Victory’s best chance came 17 minutes from the end when defender Daniel Georgievski struck the base of the post with a powerful effort from distance.
In the end neither could find a breakthrough as the Jets leapfrogged Western Sydney Wanderers into sixth spot, while Victory stay in second, 11 points behind leaders Sydney FC.
Newcastle Jets 0 drew with Melbourne Victory 0
Crowd: 6233 @ McDonald Jones Stadium