Bower: We Were Solid

Avenue manager Mark Bower said there were many positives to be taken from Monday’s goalless draw against Chorley.

Bower’s side made it three games unbeaten with the draw, after victories over FC United of Manchester and AFC Telford United.

It also saw Steven Drench keep his third clean sheet, and the Avenue boss was impressed with the solid defensive work shown by his side.

“It was a fair result really, a good clean sheet for us and a useful point,” Bower said.

“Especially coming off the back of Saturday, it had that typical Bank Holiday Monday feel to it.

“There were two teams who had hard games on Saturday, it took a little bit of time to get going and when it’s like that, you’ve got to make sure you’re solid.

“We were guilty of not being solid a couple of weeks ago so that was nice to see and is a good habit to get into.

“It gives you a base to go on and get the three points in future games by having that solidity.

“I thought we had the better of the chances, in the first half we had two really good chances and in the second, Nicky Wroe’s shot is going into the top corner and the keeper makes a great save.

“All in all, it was probably a fair result and there were positives to take from it.”

Bradford travel to Stockport County on Saturday, and Bower says that the positives taken from the recent run of form have given his side confidence.

“We think we can get a result in every game we play,” the Avenue manager said.

“Certainly from what we’ve shown in the last three games, if we take that forward then we definitely can.

“You’ll have days where is doesn’t go for you. On Monday the ball could have bounced in for them at the end, and it could have bounced in for us as well.

“That’s football, but when your standards are what we’ve had them over the last three games, you always give yourself a chance.

“A couple of weeks ago, we weren’t giving ourselves a chance, to do that against Chorley was good.

“Take nothing away from us, that is a really good point against a team that were beaten finalists in the play-offs last year, and they were the first team to take points off Brackley on Saturday.

“Although they aren’t in the greatest position in the league they’re a good side and they’re going to be right up there, so for us to be slightly disappointed with a draw shows the progress that we’ve made.”

Avenue took four points from the Bank Holiday weekend, and with only two changes made from Saturday, Bower was impressed with his players’ efforts right to the final whistle.

“Our concentration levels show the progress we have made,” he said.

“You’ve got to make sure you put yourself in the right areas and the players on the whole did that.

“It’s tough, travelling down to Telford on Saturday as well, and it was a hot day on Monday with a bit of wind which made conditions difficult as well.

“It can be tough, and the lads stuck to their jobs as well. If we maintain those standards this season, we’ll do well.”

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