United moved back into fourth place after earlier being demoted to fifth when Melbourne Victory beat Newcastle Jets and now have it in their own hands to finish in a position which will give them a home final.
With the Reds sitting four points above them but with Gold Coast having a game in hand, Bleiberg’s team can still finish third, but all that is academic as the coach was simply happy to put in a good show against strong opposition.
“I think we played well and if we continue to try to play good football we will have a say in what happens during the Finals,” Bleiberg said.
“We were a little naive at times but overall I’m very proud of the boys. It was a clean game and with a bit of good fortune we might have secured the three points we wanted.
“I thought we controlled the game for lengthy periods and some of Adelaide’s best players didn’t really trouble us.”
Gold Coast probably deserved the win with the amount of chances they created but were inefficient in the front third, having to settle for a draw ahead of Sunday’s away clash with Perth Glory.