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A pleasing point

Ardley reacts to Maidenhead draw

1 January 2020

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Neal Ardley felt the point we earned with a battling performance at Maidenhead was a 'really good' one.

It wasn’t a match for the purists, but the goalless draw meant we’ve extended our unbeaten run to seven matches in all competitions and have kept three consecutive clean sheets.

And the boss was pleased with the way we dug in to earn our 10th point from a possible 12 so far over the festive period.

“When a game is a battle like that, you want your team to stand up and we did,” said Ardley.

“We came wanting three points and picked a team and made substitutions to try and do that, but we couldn’t move the ball quickly enough and the game became scrappy.

“Maidenhead made it as horrible for us as possible and they played with loads of energy, so we had to stick at it and show the mentality and physical robustness to cope with what was thrown at us.

“We did. Once again, the boys went out there and put their bodies on the line and worked their socks off for this club.

“I’m happy with the clean sheet and it’s a really good point that will be an even better one if we get three on Saturday.”

At the weekend we host Bromley, who are third in the Vanarama National League, and Ardley wants to see us end the festive fixtures with another positive result.

“It’s a tough final game of the Christmas period,” he added. “We’ve got to get ready for that and see if we can end it on a high.

“We had all the injuries in the build-up so we’ve used the squad and tinkered with things.

“We’ve kept further injuries away and produced good performances, so the staff and players deserve the credit.”

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