Boss will take the positives

BOSS Neil Aspin admitted to huge disappointment after watching his side denied a second successive away win by a late wonder goal at Worcester.

Danny Carey-Bertram fired home from 20 yards with seven minutes remaining to cancel out Jamie Vardy’s ninth minute opener in the south west.

But despite the blow, Aspin remained upbeat after watching his side take four points from a possible six from tough trips in five days following the win at Blyth.

“When you concede late in a game there is always disappointment,” he said.

“But I have to look at the two away games in a week and to get four points from them is not a bad return.

“We should have had Saturday’s game won in the first 15 minutes when we were well on top.

“They put us under pressure in the second half - but we weathered the storm.

“Unfortunately at 1-0 it only takes a wonderful strike - and that’s what it was.

“But I am going to take it as a positive point rather than bleat about what could have been.”

Vardy’s opener was a great opportunist goal with James Dean pressurising the home defence and Vardy pouncing to score.

“It was a good finish and if we could have got Vardy through when it was Danny Holland it might have been 2-0,” said Aspin.

“Then we missed a great chance with James Dean’s header in the second half which would have won us the game.

“But it is a tough league and this week we have picked up points from two difficult matches.”

Perhaps the most pleasing aspect of Town’s display was the defence which looked more solid than it had done in the opening two games and went within seven minutes of a clean sheet.

“We had a couple of good blocks when the players threw themselves in the way of shots and that is what no nonsense defending is all about,” said Aspin.

“You get tested with balls in the box and you have to have players who are willing to throw themselves in the way of things.

“At times we have not done that.

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“We are not going to have 80 per cent of the play like we did last season - you are going to be tested and we have to be up to it.”

Referee Ollie Yates hardly endeared himself to the Town players of travelling fans with a series of bizarre decisions throughout the 90 minutes.

But Aspin picked his words carefully when asked whether teams in Blue Square Bet North were going to be on the wrong end of decisions on the road.

“I don’t think we get many decisions at home either,” he said. “I would like to think we are going to.

“It is just so frustrating, it is as if the officials are determined to spoil the game and I don’t know why.”

Danny Holland picked up a knock in the first half at Worcester and failed to re-appear for the second period while Anton Foster suffered a calf injury and was withdrawn after the break.

But there was a first appearance since returning to the club for Ryan Toulson who had been a frustrated bystander in the opening two games.

“All players are frustrated if they are not playing,” said Aspin. “Players have to be patient and when they get the chance they have to take it.

“There are probably a couple of other players who think they should be playing.

“When they do play they have to make sure that I can’t leave them out.

“That is what football is all about. There is no one person bigger that the team and if I feel I need to make changes to get a result that is what I will do.

“Players might be disappointed, but that is the way it is.”