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Post-Match Reaction | Jon McDonald

Manager Jon McDonald has shared his thoughts after the 1-1 draw away at Pontefract on Saturday afternoon.

It was a tightly-contested affair, a game of few chances, and a game where perhaps a draw was the fair result.

The game sprung into life in stoppage time and it looked like Dunston had pinched all three points when Jack Maskell headed home a Craig Baxter free-kick in the 92nd minute.

One last twist came in the fifth minute of added-on time when Bailey Thompson scrambled home a very late equaliser. A controversial moment as the ball had went out of play for a Dunston throw-in but, the assistant did not raise his flag.

"It's a tough place to play, Pontefract have a style of play that is effective for them. I thought the application from the lads was outstanding. 

"The pitch was also really difficult to play on which meant neither team really got a foothold on the game." McDonald said.

"The ball was a yard out of play. If a throw-in is given, as it should be, we get everybody over and see the game out for three points. 

"It's very frustrating. After that, there are things we can do better but, in fairness, the goal is fortuitus with how it has fell to their lad in my opinion." McDonald added.

Despite the frustration with how yesterday's game finished, there were some positives to take out of it. Another goal for Jack Maskell, three unbeaten in the league and a second Man of the Match performance from Chris McDonald.

"There are huge positives. I thought the desire and togetherness from the lads was first class. A proper team performance. It's another point on the board against a team who are sat third in the division and will be in and around the top end of the division come the end of the season.

"Every game is important. The lads are showing consistency in their performances and there are lots of promising signs." 

By Callum Pattison

Image Credit - Beauty Time Photography

Published Sunday 8th October 2023