SLOUGH Town joint-manager Neil Baker believes the 0-0 draw against Bath City on Tuesday was a good reaction to their defeat at Torquay United last weekend, writes Rob Stevens.

The Rebels suffered their heaviest defeat of the season when losing 4-0 at Torquay but they responded to hold promotion-chasing Bath to a goalless draw at Arbour Park and Baker is pleased with the point.

He told the Observer: "There were reasons for the defeat at Torquay and we have to take that on the chin, but when you lose by four goals you've got to make sure that you come back in and keep a clean sheet.

"Bath will be in the play-offs come the end of the season, no doubt about it, but we've got a point against them and we have to be happy with that.

"Defensively we looked really solid as a side but we're not scoring enough goals as a team. That's been pretty evident all season and it's not easy to remedy. There aren't a lot of players around and those that are want a lot of money.

"We've got to be patient and grind out some wins and points, but we've got to be happy with where we are in our first season."

Slough could have taken a fortuitous lead inside the opening two minutes as a Lee Togwell cross was deflected toward goal by a Bath defender but keeper Ryan Clarke reacted brilliantly to save at close range.

The Rebels thought they had broken the deadlock midway through the first-half when Togwell fired into the roof of the net at the back post, but the effort was ruled out for offside.

Slough keeper Jack Turner made the best save in the match in the 80th minute. Freddie Hinds flicked the ball over his shoulder and hit a shot on the volley but Turner palmed the effort over his crossbar.

Bath could have taken all three points in the final five minutes when Hinds caused havoc in the Slough defence but saw his shot come back off the post.

Baker commented: "We found out late that Chris Flood was going to be missing due to a work commitment. He got caught up in Manchester so we looked at what we had and felt a 4-3-3 formation was the right one.

"We needed to make sure that we didn't lose the game and we've done that. That was probably our biggest focus and we started really well.

"We looked the more likely in the first-half and had a really good period in the second as well when we were on top and had a few chances, but in the last 10-15 minutes Bath came at us and almost gave us a real shock.

"We wanted to try and score and maybe nick the three points, but a draw was probably a fair result as Bath were the ones looking the most likely in the last 10 minutes.

"Jack had to make a great save but their keeper has had to make a really good save also. We have a few other chances as well so on the whole we're really pleased."

On the wonder save from Turner that helped secure Slough a point, Baker said: "As soon as their lad hits it you think it's a goal but, not only does Jack save it, he turned the ball over the crossbar as well.

"It was a fantastic save. That is what he does and that's why we have him, because he's one of the best keepers."

The draw means Slough remain in 11th position in the National League South ahead of a visit to Arbour Park from fourth-placed Chelmsford City this Saturday (3pm).

The Rebels then turn their attention to the Berks & Bucks Cup and a quarter-final tie away at Berkshire rivals Hungerford Town next Tuesday (7.45pm).