Widnes settle for a draw as defensive form continues

Widnes in action against Brighouse

Widnes manager Dave Dempsey was forced to settle for a point despite his side rattling the woodwork on a number of occasions.

Dempsey was left aggrieved after a seemingly stone-wall handball was left unpunished in the first half after John Steele’s effort was deflected onto the Newcastle Town defenders’ arm.

But on a positive note for Widnes, their good run of form continued as they kept their third successive clean sheet in a row.

It shows a corner being turned for the Whites as they compared their performance to earlier in the season and in a similar scenario they may of left the Halton Stadium without a point.

“We hit the bar twice, post once, the most disappointing thing about it wasn’t the fact we hit the post and missed a few chances it was the penalty decision that wasn’t given.

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“It was probably the most blatant of hand balls inside the box that I’ve seen for a very long time, think John Steele’s struck the ball from outside the box, it’s deflected off one of their players and the lads sort of gone to ground to block the shot and raised his hand like well above his head.

“Natural in terms of the way his body’s moving but unnatural position if you’re looking at the letter of the law. It’s struck his arm, their lads kind of stopped, put their hands on their head, the balls gone on and the referee’s carried on.

“I spoke to the referee and he said he didn’t have a view of it and that’s fine but in terms of the linesman and the lads who help him during the game, for them to say it’s hit the kids foot when it’s 10 yards in the air is just ridiculous but Newcastle were a good side in terms of the league table, they’re in and around us but like ourselves who have underperformed this season.

“I don’t see them being in the bottom four, bottom five come the end of the season so all in all, we were happy with the point to a degree, yes we wanted to three points and it nearly come and should’ve come but it didn’t. But they didn’t get beat.

“Going back a few, the start of the season when the run was poor, the chairman said they were games you would’ve come away with nothing, the fact they come away with a point after two wins, it’s three games unbeaten another game without conceding, there’s loads of positives to take.”

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