BRAINTREE Town assistant manager Andy Porter was mixed over his reaction to the Iron’s Vanarama National League South draw with Truro City.

It was a clash between the second-placed Iron and their Cornish visitors, who were third in the table, and 90 minutes of football couldn’t separate them as the game finished 1-1.

Braintree had to come from behind to get the point, though, as Roman Michael-Percil levelled up Cody Cooke’s first-half strike and while Porter was disappointed to not take all three points, he recognised the importance of getting one against a promotion rival.

He said: “Is it a point won or two dropped? It’s a bit of both I suppose – after Saturday’s defeat (by Weston Super Mare).

“It was nice to get a point out of the game and to get a response after Saturday.

“We just didn’t want to lose as you can’t take two defeats on the bounce.

“We have always bounced back whenever we’ve had a setback and that’s what we wanted so I think we’d have taken a point.

“It was a tough game and we’ll take the point against a side who are up there with us.

“We were one-nil down and were under the cosh at the end of the first half, but we came out really strongly after half-time and it was a good response from the boys.

“They put everything into that; it was 100 per cent.

“It was a poor goal to concede and very frustrating as we overplayed the ball at the back and got caught out.

“You get punished in this league if you do that - one chance, one goal.

“So it was very disappointing, but we had a great response.

“We just told them to get their heads up at half-time as it was only one goal and they took that on board.

“They moved the ball better and looked after it better so it was a much better second half.

“We needed to do that because I thought we were struggling a bit at the end of the first half and we got the response we wanted.

“It was good for Roman to get the goal as he’s been in and out a bit.

“He’s bided his time, but I thought he did great and took his chance well.

“He tired a bit at the end but it was a really good performance from him.”

The Iron lined up slightly differently to how they had in recent games and rather than having three central defenders, they reverted to a back four, Christian Frimpong pushed into central midfield in a screening role in front of the back line.

Porter added: “We took a look at the opposition and they pick up a lot of second balls in a strong midfield so we felt we needed a bit of physicality in there.

“We asked Christian to do a job in there for us and he did well.

“He did it for 60 minutes and we then brought Ben (Wyatt) back into the middle to move the ball forward a little bit more.

“Christian did take a bit of a knock just before he came off, but we were already looking to make the change to get Ben on the ball a bit more.

“He was a bit out of the game on the left, but he came inside and did well.

“Christian went off just after getting a knock and he put ice on it straight away so he should be OK for Saturday, but we’ll assess him ahead of the game.”