Adelaide United talisman Dario Vidosic scored again in a 1-1 draw with Perth Glory, but couldn't prevent the Reds losing top spot of the A-League on Sunday.
Vidosic's second goal in as many matches ensured a Hindmarsh Stadium stalemate, equalising after Glory attacker Billy Mehmet's opening half strike.
Adelaide's point for the draw wasn't enough to prevent Central Coast Mariners assuming top spot on goal difference after six rounds, while Perth remain in fourth position.
The Glory had their chances for a precious away win after taking the lead courtesy of Mehmet's 43rd minute strike.
Mehmet scored after a copybook build-up as the Glory sliced through Adelaide's defence with a series of swift passes.
Nick Ward started the scoring sortie with a slick pass inside the box to Dean Heffernan, who in turn delivered an angled pass across the face of goal to the moving Mehmet.
The Glory striker finished clinically from a couple of metres out, scoring from Perth's only shot on target in the opening half.
But Adelaide took just three minutes of the second half to equalise, when Vidosic goaled as Perth appealed for an off-side ruling.
Vidosic sprinted forward as midfielder Marcelo Carrusca delivered an insightful long pass which found the Adelaide star in space some 10 metre from goal.
Vidosic swivelled and an accurate right-footer just beat a diving Glory goalkeeper Daniel Vukovic.
Some 15 minutes later, Perth were centimetres from again taking an ascendancy when Ward cracked a header into the cross bar from a Scott Jamieson corner.
Perth's star striker Shane Smeltz, returning from a hamstring strain which has restricted him to one game this season, was then brought from the bench with almost instant impact.
Smeltz was barely on for two minutes when he launched a low shot which Adelaide 'keeper Eugene Galekovic saved.
Adelaide United coach John Kosmina and his Perth Glory counterpart Ian Ferguson both said the draw was a fair result.
But Kosmina said the Reds would feel more pain given it was a home game.
"Every time you drop two points it is costly, but it's only six games into the season, there are still 21 to go," Kosmina said.
"If there is a bottleneck (at the top) and we're still in it with six games to go, I would be pretty happy.
Ferguson said sharing the spoils was justified.
"Both teams had some great opportunities and overall it was a fair game and an even game, 1-1 was a fair result," he said.