Neil Marshall column: We’re looking solid at the back

Neil Marshall in action against Ossett Albion.
Neil Marshall in action against Ossett Albion.

Danny McDonald’s had his fair share of criticism but the save right on half-time on Saturday was probably one of the best I’ve ever seen.

Their player was three yards out and headed it towards the top corner and Danny’s managed to get a hand on it and tip it round the post.

It has been a bit of a problem position since Martin Fearon left in the summer. He was a quiet ‘keeper who kept you in the game with unbelievable saves.

Since then, we’ve struggled for stability there and it’s an important position. It’s not just about the ‘keeper it gives the defence confidence as well and we had that on Saturday.

Danny’s playing better now and we’re fairly solid in front of him, we’re not conceding goals.

And I think when you’re not conceding goals with the attack and midfield we’ve got you’re always going to get goals, which bodes well for the rest of the season.

We’d warned against complacency after the result win the previous Saturday against Ossett Albion because it does get into your head.

But we were really poor in the first half, they had five new players and to be fair, they outplayed us.

Thankfully Danny made two outstanding saves and kept us in it and the only positive we really had at half-time was that it was 0-0 and we weren’t behind.

In the end it was almost pleasing that we hadn’t played particularly well and got the three points.

It’s the win that counts and you look at the likes of your Manchester Uniteds, Arsenals and Chelseas who have done that for years, ground out results when they aren’t playing well.

We knew if we kept getting the points we’d soon shoot up the table. And when you’ve got other teams taking points off each other it’s surprising where you end up, meaning all of a sudden we’re in eighth.

I suppose it’s a good thing to have the points on the board but it’d certainly be better if there were fewer games between us and the likes of New Mills, who are a place behind us in the league but have played nine matches fewer.

There’s 13 games to go so there’s 39 points up for grabs and we just have to get as many as we can and see where we end up.