A spirited Adelaide United ground out a hard-fought 1-0 win over the Newcastle Jets at Coopers Stadium on Friday night, thanks to a second-half penalty from Marcelo Carrusca.
The win was just the third of the season for the Reds and a positive response after a humiliating 5-0 home thrashing a week ago at the hands of Perth.
The Reds are still five points adrift of second-bottom Central Coast, who face Melbourne Victory on Sunday, while the Jets drop out of the six on goal difference.
Newcastle don't expect Chinese Super League club Liaoning Whowin to table an offer for Ma Leilei, amid speculation the import could leave the A-League just as he's prospering.
Ma signed for the Jets in October -- before coach Mark Jones had even seen him play -- to satisfy new owner Martin Lee's desire to have a Chinese player on his club's books.
With practically no first-team football experience in three years, the 27-year-old attacker was expected to struggle.
But the former Tianjin Teda man has...