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Bromley boss: A deserved draw at Angels
BROMLEY manager Mark Goldberg felt his side were fully deserving of a point in their 1-1 draw against Tonbridge Angels on Sunday, and believes his team are gradually improving in a bid to avoid relegation.
Having played out a 2-2 draw against Angels on Boxing Day, the close return fixture on New Years Day was contested in extreme weather conditions due to heavy downpour for three quarters of the match.
And thanks to substitute Aaron Rhule, the Whites managed to grab an equaliser just six minutes after going behind.
"It was a boost that we got a draw, and with 19 games left, we've just got to keep picking up draws and wins," said Goldberg.
"During the last three games, to be fair, I think the Farnborough, Dorchester and Tonbridge games, we deserved better out of them. It's fair to say we've stopped the rot, but now we've just got to start picking up some wins.
"The conditions were extremely difficult and even though we were still trying to play a bit of a passing game, we wanted our wingers to get at them, or to at least win a corner.
"The final ball wasn't quite working for us because even though we had some good possession, we got into some good areas and we didn't test their goalkeeper until the last minute before half-time."
It was a moment of quality from Angels' Chris Henry to give Tommy Warrilow's side the lead on 77 minutes, curling a shot from just outside the box into the far corner, and Goldberg insists his side didn't deserve to go 1-0 down.
"I told the players at the break to make more of the possession that we had," said the gaffer. "Just the final decisions on the ball around the box haven't quite been the right ones, then they get the ball on the edge of the box with a great shot.
"You can't knock it because it was a great strike, but we gave their man more space than we should have done, and then suddenly we're 1-0 down, and I didn't think we deserved that.
"It was just typical of the run we're on and nothing seems to be going for us, but we can't feel sorry for ourselves.
"We've just got to make better decisions, but we worked hard and I thought we were at least deserved of a point, and we showed a lot of character out there."
Big striker Hakeem Araba had a penalty claim turned away in the second period when it appeared he was clearly brought down on the right side of the area, but Goldberg believes his targetman may have gone to ground too easily.
"He probably made too much of it, to be honest," said the manager. "I can't help feeling that if we had just taken advantage of the good positions we were in, we would have won 3-1.
"And I think that will hopefully come in time now. There's a lot of belief, a good squad and a good bench, but here we are sitting in the league, so we've just got to keep looking and picking up as many points as we can.
"Our back four is looking better and much stronger, I'm going to work on how we allowed a player so much time outside of the box to strike the ball like he did, and we're capable of scoring goals.
"One of these days we're going to get a hatful, but it's just not quite ticking for us at the moment."