Melbourne Victory should have taken all three points according to coach Kevin Muscat, but his side had to settle for just one from a goalless draw with Adelaide United.
The former club captain said Melbourne was far superior in the season opener at Adelaide Oval on Friday night and outplayed the Reds for much of the contest.
Victory was forced to see out the final 15 minutes with 10 men following the controversial send-off of Leigh Broxham, but Muscat said his side should still have been good enough to snatch the win.
"We were absolutely all over them," Muscat said.
"I thought we were very, very good.
"Even with 10 men I'm disappointed we didn't take the extra two points back to Melbourne."
Muscat said the clash was marred by Broxham's send-off after the stand-in skipper was shown a second yellow on 72 minutes when he clashed with United's Isaias as the pair contested a header.
"Leigh Broxham has never been sent off before," Muscat said.
"I didn't think (referee) Peter (Green) got the decision right, no."
Despite the result, Muscat was full of praise and applauded Victory's performance.
The visitors enjoyed a host of chances but were denied on numerous occasions by 20-year-old Reds keeper John Hall, who earned his first A-League start in the absence of veteran Eugene Galekovic.
Even when Hall was beaten, the post came to the Reds' rescue and kept out Kosta Barbarouses whose 25 metre rocket cannoned back off the post midway through the second half.
Gui Finkler and Besart Berisha were also dangerous in Victory's front third with Muscat tipping his side to add more polish ahead of its next match.
"If there's anything we can say, it's we're disappointed because our end product wasn't where we would like it to be," Muscat said.
"(But) all in all, I thought it was a fantastic performance for us."