Date: 7th April 2014 at 10:52pm
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Manager Neal Ardley has said that the team can take a certain amount of heart from the draw and the overall performance following the Bristol Rovers match on Saturday.

Both sides played out a scoreless encounter and it wasn’t overly dominated by chances, although we did have the greater share on the day, so as the manager spoke to the Official Site he had to admit that the players had done all he had asked from them ahead of the match and it was just one of those days where we couldn’t find a breakthrough.

‘We had to score to change it, but I thought that we played well. I look at them as a group of players and everything that we worked on during the week they gave me. We did everything but put the ball in the back of the net. We had 33 crosses in the game and 15 attempts on goal. That’s what we’ve been working towards, particularly at home.’

Ardley goes on to say that the focus in training ahead of the game had been on creating chance and scoring goals, and again for him everything worked on we produced, but sadly it just wasn’t enough for that all important clear cut chance that would’ve made all the different on the day.

‘Defensively we were solid and our forwards have played well, but they just could not put the ball in the back of the net.’

The gaffer goes on to say that really he feels our missed opportunity in the match was during the first half because we caused them an untold amount of problems and created most of the chances we had on the day in that first period and had we gone in at half time one nil up, he really would’ve seen only one winner on the day and we could well have added to our advantage as they came out looking for the equaliser instead of focusing on being so resolute themselves.

Ending he admitted that he had nothing but praise for the players given their desire to get the winner and he felt the spirit and attitude of the players was top notch and hopefully if we can replicate that level of performance again, but be more clinical, we’ll more than pick up the wins we are looking for between now and the end of the season.

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