SWINDON Supermarine manager Lee Spalding was once again proud of his side’s resilience after a controversial red card left his side with ten men for the majority of their 0-0 home draw against Chesham.

Minutes after a disallowed goal for the visitors, Conor McDonagh was shown a straight red card following a coming together with a Chesham defender and Spalding’s men were forced to play for over an hour with a player less.

Marine stayed competitive and had chances of their own before they were awarded a penalty in the second half, giving them a chance to take a surprise lead.

Brad Hooper saw his penalty saved well though and Marine battled their way to a point as Chesham threw everything at them in the final moments.

Following their midweek fight to rescue a point at Taunton, Spalding said his side are showing real defensive maturity lately.

He said: “I thought the lads were excellent, especially considering we had ten men for such a long period of the game.

“As a team, we defended superbly and the desire to work hard, keep a good shape and make it difficult for Chesham to play through us was excellent.

“We defended from the front and it was a whole team effort. I’m proud of the lads for putting in such a good shift and I thought we were probably the better team, even with ten men.

“Overall, I would say it was a good point for us.”

With nine games left, Marine are nine points off the final play-off place, but Spalding says he is still not thinking of the end of season result and just wants his players to take it a game at a time.

Despite only taking two points from six this week, the Marine manager said both were good points as the performance showed what his side are capable of.

Spalding said: “When you look at the other results; Poole won, Harrow Borough won, and both of those teams are above us in the league.

“Having said that, Merthyr lost and so did Farnborough, so we’ve gone up to 8th today.

“That makes it a good point – the performance was excellent and with ten men, to perform like we did and get a clean sheet, we’ve got to look at the positives and not look at what could have been.

“Yes, we’ve missed a penalty, but they get missed at the top level, that’s the way it goes sometimes.

“Overall, I’m looking at the positives and they are a clean sheet and a tremendous team effort to make sure we got something out of the game.”