Bedlington Terriers manager Andy Ferrell said he was delighted with his side’s reaction in the game against Team Northumbria.
The 31-year-old had been “extremely disappointed” with the final 20 minutes in a game 48 hours before as his side conceded five times in the closing stages against AFC Newbiggin.
Ferrell said: “I asked for a reaction after the game the other day, and I got one.
“I am pleased that the lads stuck together, and a draw was probably a fair result.
“It was pleasing to see that sort of reaction, to be honest, from an abysmal last 20 minutes the other night, to a fantastic 90 minutes against Team Northumbria.
“No disrespect to Newbiggin, but Northumbria are a very good side, and in my personal opinion, they are the best side we will face this pre-season.
“I am not going to get carried away with a goalless draw in pre-season, the result really doesn’t matter, it was a reaction I asked for and it was a reaction that I got.”
Bedlington impressed from their previous performance against a strong outfit in Team North, with every player showing drive and courage throughout.
The manager added: “Every single man impressed, it was pretty much exactly how we played against Shildon last game of last season, we sat off and as the game went on we created chances.
“Team North are more like a full-time club, they train every day for four to five hours, it was a good test for us considering I questioned our fitness on Wednesday night.
“They were well disciplined, their organisation was brilliant, it was very pleasing that the side upped their game up and fought against a strong team.”
Ferrell heaped praise upon his back four and especially goalkeeper Dan Staples, labelling his efforts as “superb” and “another class” since making his return to Welfare Park.
“Next week is a big week for us, three games in four days is going to be tough for them, but playing games is better than just running and training,” he added.
“The biggest headache that I have is who is going to play. I have got three teams in mind.
“I am asking those not picked in the squad on August 8 to stick with us because it is a squad game, every single player of mine will be getting a chance this season.”