Grimsby Town manager Michael Jolley hopes his side’s 0-0 Sky Bet League Two draw with Northampton Town can give them something to build on.
The Mariners were forced to settle for a goal-less draw with Keith Curle’s men, in poor weather conditions, at Blundell Park.
And Jolley hopes it can be a platform for his side to improve and build on, ahead of next Saturday’s clash with second-placed Bury.
Speaking on iFollow Mariners, he said: “The conditions made the game extremely difficult for both teams, and it’s not an excuse but it was a fairly poor spectacle overall, and I think the conditions made a big part in that.
“Northampton have a particular style of play, and if ever there’s a day that you don’t want to play against a team who plays in that way then it’s probably when the conditions are like that.
“It made it difficult to get any real rhythm or flow to our game – there were pockets of play from us in the first half where we were able to connect with each other, move the ball, and try and get in between them.
“But the second half was more difficult because the wind was basically blowing in our direction, so they were able to establish territory, and it became difficult for us to get out because the wind was so strong.
“But after three games where we haven’t picked up points – to get a clean sheet and deal with all the balls that were thrown into our box, and to produce some good play in the first half is something to build on.
“We’ve taken a point from the game, we’ve got a clean sheet, and it’s something we can move forward with.
“Of course from a confidence perspective you don’t want to go too long without picking up points, and we wanted to win the game today, but if you can’t win it you don’t get beaten.
“And we haven’t done that often enough this season, so it’s one of our few draws and we take it and move forward.”
Watch Michael Jolley’s post-Northampton Town press conference for free on iFollow Mariners.