Niall Heaton may be getting a hard time from some sections of the Nuneaton faithful this season, but there is one man who is standing by the former Liverpool youngster.

Heaton, a summer signing from Alfreton, has taken time to settle into the Boro backline, but for assistant boss Jon Ashton the message is clear.

He said: “I don’t go on the forums or anything like that, I don’t know what is being said about this player or that.

“What I can say, though, is that Niall is a quality defender and one we are lucky to have here at Nuneaton. Everyone knows at this football club what he is capable of and we know that when he is at his best he is one of the best in this division.”

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