Marcus Law was content with a point after Kettering Town’s 0-0 draw at Tamworth - but was left feeling it could have been more.
The Poppies were held to their first stalemate of the season at The Lamb and it means they now hold a three-point advantage at the top of the Evo-Stik League South Premier Division Central.
After a first half which Law conceded the hosts shaded, Kettering came on strong after the break and probably could have nicked all three points with Brett Solkhon heading against a post from close-range while fellow substitute Andrea Borg also missed a good opportunity.
And Law said: “They (Tamworth) were a bit of a wounded animal, they aren’t in a good place and the manager made a lot of changes because he was looking for a response.
“There were players out there on their side who had real points to prove and they were organised and set their stall out to make life difficult for us.
“The pattern of the game was similar to most that we have played this season in that we were absorbing what they had to throw at us, particularly in the first half.
“But we were confident that they wouldn’t be able to maintain their tempo for 90 minutes and that proved to be the case.
“Overall, a draw was probably a fair result.
“But if you look at clear-cut chances and goalkeeper saves, I think our stats went up that bit more and it should have been enough to get the victory. We have hit the post, we have missed a one-on-one and their goalkeeper has made two good saves.
“We certainly dictated things as the second half went on but it’s four points from two away games in a short space of time and you take that.
“We’re not going to win every game but that’s 10 down and we are averaging two-and-a-half points a game. If we stay at that ratio we will be fine and we are in a good place.”
The Poppies will now begin their preparations for their big Emirates FA Cup fourth qualifying round clash at Vanarama National League side Aldershot Town on Saturday.
And they confirmed a new signing ahead of that clash this morning with the addition of former Leicester City youngster Cal Templeton.
The midfielder is also a former Northern Ireland Under-19 international.