NEIL Aspin admitted it had been a frustrating evening after watching his side fight out a goalless draw with rivals Worksop at the Shay.
But having gone down to 10 men early in the second half when Liam Hogan was sent off, the Shay chief admitted it had been a good point - one which keeps the Tigers at arms length in the Evo Stik Premier Division title race.
“It was not the best of games or the best of performances,” said Aspin. “But I have to take the positives and when you go down to 10 men, losing a vital player, it is important that you don’t lose.
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“I know Worksop have a lot of games to catch up but if they had beaten us it might have been different.
“We battled well with 10 men but didn’t have enough going forward and it was frustrating overall.
“We gave away too many free kicks, allowed too many balls into our box and at times our discipline was not the best.
“And a lot of decisions were debateable, but you get that every game.
Hogan was booked in the first half for a rash challenge moments after he had been caught by a Worksop player’s elbow.
And he was cautioned for a second time seven minutes after the break when he brought down Mikel Suarez.
“He lost his discipline which he can’t afford to do,” said Aspin. “But he is a young lad and he is learning.
“As a player things go against you and you have to keep your cool.
“The two bookings were avoidable and it put us in a difficult position.
“I sent on Andy Milne because he has more pace than James Riley and he did well.”
Town might have been on top by then having had appeals for a stonewall penalty turned down in the first half when Jamie Vardy was bundled over in he area.
“Unless I am mistaken, I can’t see how it was not a penalty,” he said. “I could watch it again but it will not change my opinion, it as a blatant penalty.
“I think we lost discipline from that and started arguing with the referee which you can’t do.”
James Dean could be out for the rest of the season after a scan on his nee showed there was damage to a tendon.
The big striker began he campaign on the sidelines with a knee problem and now faces finishing it in the same fashion
“He has got a small tear in his tendon,” said Aspin. “It is unfortunate and we could possibly be without him for the rest of the season.
“He needs to rest and let it repair and it will be a case of checking it in a few weeks to see if he can play again.”