Paul Cox felt a point was the “very least” Kettering Town deserved after they claimed a 1-1 draw at Brackley Town on New Year’s Day.
The Poppies went in front against their Northamptonshire rivals when Michael McGrath’s shot took a deflection to beat Danny Lewis in the home goal.
But Brackley, who started the day in third place in the Vanarama National League North, equalised almost immediately through James Armson.
The draw keeps Kettering five points clear of the relegation zone and boss Cox said: ““We have come up against a team whose form has been fantastic.
“We knew it was going to be a tough test but we asked questions of them, even with ten men.
“The referee probably needs a mention because even the linesman on our side was questioning some of his decisions.”