Mark Cooper said his Yeovil Town side would settle for a point after playing with ten men for the final 35 minutes of the goalless draw with Wealdstone.

The Glovers’ boss described his team as “immense” after a controlled first half performance saw them boss a visiting side seven points above them in the National League table, before holding out following the dismissal of defender Owen Bevan on 54 minutes.

But, once against they struggled in front of goal and failed to land a shot on target in the 90 minutes with forwards Jordan Maguire-Drew and Andrew Oluwabori both spurning good opportunities.

Speaking to BBC Somerset’s Sheridan Robins after the match, the boss said: “You could clearly see what we were trying to do. We controlled possession, we were patient and created some really good chances. I thought we looked a really good football team even with ten men.

But, if we are going to play like we did in the first half, we have to make good decisions once we get in the last third and the boys up front have to decide whether they shoot, cross, pull back or whatever it is. That is where they make their money, making those decisions and I thought that was the only thing missing tonight.

Bevan, who is on loan from Premier League AFC Bournemouth, saw red after lunging in to try and reach an overhit pass, but Cooper was clearly agitated by the decision by referee Scott Jackson.

He said: “I would rather not talk about it. The referee was telling everybody he is not one that gives fouls and stops the game and the first tackle we make it is a red card, but you are never going to get it rescinded.

I would rather not waste my energy on talking about referees and decisions, I would rather compliment our players tonight because they were outstanding even down to ten men.

The draw meant Yeovil missed the opportunity to move from 18th place in the National League table with a number of the teams around them not having midweek fixtures.

But, Cooper added that he was starting to see his side deliver what he had been looking for since taking the job.

He added: “I want to play with a bit of control, not defending our box for 90 minutes as we were when I came in. We have brought in some technical players that can help us control games for longer periods and have less defending to do.


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