MARTIN Paterson acknowledged the importance of coming away from today’s game with at least a point, after a battling performance ended in a 0-0 draw away at Cambridge United.
Steve Seddon’s second half red card saw Albion soak up large amounts of pressure for the final 35 minutes of the game, but Paterson said he was proud of the grit and determination shown by his side to make sure they kept Cambridge at bay.
Paterson said: I think what my group are and what I am is honest – Cambridge started the game better. Tactically they did something that caused us a few issues in the press and they controlled the ball a bit too much for my liking. So I had to tweak it and you have to sometimes adapt, which is ok. We wanted to be more aggressive going into the second half.
“Obviously the sending off changed the game, but I still like to put people on the field, I like to trust my group, so today’s performance was a real learning curve for me and a learning curve for the group because they had to dig really deep to earn that.
“We had moments throughout the game, but I thought the group were fantastic with how they defended. We have no excuses today – we didn’t show the freedom we wanted, but we showed the framework. It’s all about one club, one badge and putting the team first, so we did everything needed today in terms of making decisions with changes and tactics to make sure that we got through it.
“Cambridge are a good side, but I can’t speak highly enough of the boys today. I’m not brushing things under the carpet as I think there are things in the first half that we can improve on quite quickly.
“I don’t want to individualise any players today. We’re learning, both them and me, and ’ll make the lads aware that there are things we must do better. There was no luck though about the way we defended today, we were brilliant as a defensive unit today and I’m proud.”