Point Is A Point

Although the draw at Barnsley on Tuesday wasn’t ideal, Adam Matthews reckons that a point is a point. “Conditions weren’t great, especially in the first half. It felt like we were getting camped in because every time we cleared the ball it was coming back to us. We wanted to win the game but we didn’t lose and we kept a clean sheet, so that was a positive. We’ll take a draw. They’re a good team, they’re above us at the minute, but the good thing is we didn’t lose. In the conditions it’s not a bad result for us. We kept a clean sheet and it keeps our unbeaten run going. All in all, we’re happy with a point. It was difficult, especially in the first half when we felt we couldn’t get out of our own half. The second half was a bit better but still difficult and they’re a good team. If you can’t get out of your half with the weather conditions they’re going to clamp you and create chances. I think Jon (McLaughlin, Sunderland’s goalkeeper) made one save and they hit the bar (through Mamadou Thiam), but other than that I can’t think of many chances they had, apart from their disallowed goal for offside. I think we defended well in tough conditions and I think everyone will be happy. Even if the conditions had been nice, they’re a really good team so we knew it was going to be a tough game. I think they’re probably happy with a point, we’re probably happy with a point and we both move on from there. It’s a positive for us that we keep our unbeaten run going. We’ve got a good squad here and they’re doing really well so I had to wait for my chance,” he commented. “I came back in on Tuesday and it was a difficult game to play football in but I thought I did all right. The most important thing is the team and we didn’t lose and we kept a clean sheet.”

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