Melbourne City boss Patrick Kisnorbo admits the A-League semi-final first leg against Adelaide United could have gone either way before it finished goalless at Coopers Stadium.
City are priced at 11/10 to go and win the grand final but there is still work to do after United put in a battling display to keep the scores level.
The second leg will take place at AAMI Park this Sunday and Kisnorbo says his side will need to improve if they are to set up a grand final date against either Melbourne Victory or Western United.
City had the better chances throughout the semi-final first leg with Adelaide goalkeeper Joe Gauci pulling off some fine saves. And Kisnorbo admits it could have gone either way.
"It was a hard contest, it could have gone either way at times," he said. "I thought we created actually the more clear-cut chances but when you reflect on it, it's half-time really, we've got another game on Sunday so we'll look at the game, analyse it and try work on and improve things for Sunday."
City have failed to beat a team in the top four this season despite the fact they went on to win the minor premiership and Kisnorbo is not impressed with the way it keeps getting brought up.
"It's a funny one, he added. "You say it like it's a negative but when you look at it, we were consistently the best team over 26 games.
"I don't like when people say that because it's disrespectful to the team. Because we're the second team that's ever done what we've done. So sometimes, teams need to get credited with the achievement. But when we focus on tonight, I thought we were excellent."