Bradford Park Avenue manager Martin Drury was looking at the positives following his side’s goalless draw at Brackley Town.

The Bradford boss was pleased with his side’s work ethic and the clean sheet they managed to keep, but was critical of the game as a whole.

“It was a poor affair,” Drury said. “I think there was a real lack of quality from both teams in possession of the football.

“I can’t fault the endeavour or the effort of our players, and their players to be fair, two clean sheets for the teams.

“We’ve got to take the positives from that; we worked hard as a team, looked solid as a unit and we’ve kept a clean sheet, which is always nice to do.

“We go back to work on Monday with the game against Ossett, and we’ll train this week, have a look at a couple of bits that we need to work on going forward, then hopefully we can take that into next weekend along with the positive of the clean sheet against Brackley.”

Drury and his players face a quick turnaround as they face Ossett Albion in the West Riding County Cup semi-final at the Horsfall Stadium on Monday.

Avenue are defending the trophy they won at Valley Parade last season, and the 29-year-old is hopeful his side can repeat the achievement this term.

“You’ve always got to be in good habits,” Drury explained. “Winning games is what we’re here to do, so we take this game very seriously.

“Obviously I’ll make a few changes as some people need some game time and we’ll mix it up, but it is a game of football that we want to win.

“It’s a cup that we are defending, so we want to beat Ossett on Monday and get to the final.

“Hopefully we can show a bit more quality in possession and create more chances and then take that into next Saturday.”


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