Yeovil Town manager Darren Way was happy that his players stood up to the challenge of a direct Carlisle United side after a 0-0 draw at Huish Park.
In what was a cagey game both sides neutralised each other as the two goalkeepers were left fairly untroubled by what they faced, with a deserved point for both teams.
But Way praised his side’s fighting spirit as they dealt with the aerial threat as Town kept the gap between them and the relegation zone to eleven points.
“It wasn’t nice to watch, I felt sorry for the players but that’s their style, that’s the way they play,” said the Yeovil boss.
“They’re effective and I expressed that can even happen in the Premier League. You’ve got to be men and you’ve got to be physical.
“We’re still undefeated at home, which is not a bad stat to have. It was difficult to play against and, having said that, it’s a good point. I feel proud; it feels closer to winning a game than losing it.”
After conceding six goals from set-pieces against the Cumbrians this season, the fact that his side kept a clean sheet against several dead-ball situations pleased the Town manager.
“It’s fantastic,” said Way.
“Terry Skiverton’s put a lot of hard work in with them, it’s been one of the points I’ve really tried to nail down and he’s been religious about it, It’s an important aspect of the game.
“It’s hard to gain momentum against it, the full back constantly putting the ball into the box, but the players stayed strong.”
The stalemate, combined with results elsewhere, means that with eight games to go Town are closer to confirming their League Two status for next season.
“I feel proud of the players,” said the boss, “we’ve had adversity at this football club, and it’s taken a lot of hard work.”
“A lot of the players now are feeling niggles, certainly the ones who have played a lot, because you’re at that stage of the season. But I say to them to keep jumping, and we’re going to try to finish this season strong.”
“It sets us up for the Newport game, I was a little concerned at first, how we’d deal with the defeat last week, but they showed character and fight.”
“We keep marching on!”