Bradford Park Avenue manager Mark Bower says his side are moving in the right direction following a goalless draw at home to FC United of Manchester.

The draw takes Avenue 10 points clear of the Vanarama National League North drop zone with only four games left to play, though Aidan Chippendale squandered a great chance for the home side with 20 minutes of the game to go.

“Obviously Chippy has had a big chance at the end for us,” Bower said.

“He’s done brilliantly to get on the end of it, tried to settle it down and then that touch at the end is just too big and allows their defender in.

“But who’s to say they wouldn’t have gone down the other end and scored two themselves.

“The big thing for us was the clean sheets, to get back-to-back clean sheets, we’ve not had too many this season.

“We looked solid, we looked strong and we had the better chances, it was a performance that should have won us the game but it just wasn’t to be.

“We take a lot of positives from it, we’re a bit further away from the bottom three than we were at three o’clock this afternoon, so we’re going in the right direction and we’ve just got to finish the job off now.”


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