Bower: We Didn't Do Enough

Bradford Park Avenue manager Mark Bower says his side didn’t do enough to deserve three points in Saturday’s draw against 10-man Nuneaton Town.

Avenue went behind in the sixth minute as Tom Elliott opened the scoring but Oli Johnson levelled 15 minutes later with a well-struck effort.

Nuneaton went a man down 10 minutes into the second half as Joel Dielna was given his marching orders before Nicky Wroe blasted a penalty over the bar on the hour as Bradford wasted a great opportunity to take a second victory in a row.

“We definitely feel like we’ve thrown away two points,” Bower said.

“When you are playing against 10 men and have a penalty to take the lead, on the face of it it’s two points dropped.

“But that said, it’s never easy when you’re playing against 10 men, and I don’t think we did the things that you need to do in that situation.

“I thought for some reason we started going way too direct and I’m not sure where that instruction came from as it’s not how we play against 11 never mind against 10.

“You’re looking for leaders on the pitch to step up, get on the ball and move the opposition about but we made it far too easy for them.

“Ultimately, that led to us not creating many chances, playing a team that we should be creating more against.

“We’re disappointed really but we take the positives that we can, we’ve picked up another point and our unbeaten run stretches on a little bit.

“There are definitely things that we can learn from, but you are going to have games where things don’t go for you and that was today.

“We managed to keep the door shut and keep them out but then you’re just hoping we can nick that goal to get three points when we are not playing well.”

Bradford were awarded a penalty for handball just five minutes after Dielna’s dismissal, and Wroe stepped up having not missed one previously for the club but he blazed his effort way over the bar.

“They either go in or they don’t,” Bower said.

“Penalties are missed, it happens from time to time, and we still had plenty of the game remaining to get ourselves that winning goal.

“But overall, I don’t think we did enough to deserve to win the game.

“Nuneaton are a possession based team, they like to keep the ball and move you about, and I don’t think our discipline and organisation was as good as it has been recently in the first half.

“So I think a point was probably a fair result, and we have to accept that you can’t keep performing at as high a level as we have been.

“And I suppose when you’re not at that level it’s a good sign that you can still pick up points, we could have got three today but we will take one and move on to Monday night.”

The draw did however stretch Avenue’s unbeaten run to six games, and they look to extend that further against Boston United on Monday night, a team who lost 5-2 at Blyth on Saturday, but Bower wasn’t reading anything into that result.

“Their last game is completely irrelevant,” the Avenue manager said.

“In fact you’d probably prefer to be playing against a team who had just won 5-2 in this league.

“Obviously we will do our homework on them, there may be one or two changes in their side given the result they’ve had, and then there may be changes for us after what we have seen.

“As always it will be a tough game but if we can come out on top we will be more than happy with four points from the weekend before the little break for the FA Cup.

“I’ve said to the players after the game, they just have to trust each other with the ball, passing and moving it quicker and looking to stretch teams a little bit more.

“And if they can do that we’ll do well, we’ve got good players and I don’t think we have seen anything in the league that terrifies us.

“We are six games unbeaten now and two of the three draws we should have won, so it could be a lot worse.

“It’s a frustrating one for us but hopefully now the lads can take out that frustration against Boston on Monday night.”

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