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OFF SIDES; Both teams see red but Duff hails battling Clyde Short measure.. Cusack (left) fires wide of the mark Clyde ...........0 Annan ..........0.

Byline: Fraser Glen

JIM DUFFY praised Clyde for holding league-leaders Annan to a point - but concedes they lack a cutting edge.

In a disappointing stalemate both sides finished the match with 10 men.

Clyde forward Stephen McDonald was sent off in 70 minutes and six minutes later Annan captain Peter Watson saw red to level the teams.

And the Bully Wee boss admitted: "I've said it before, I think we lack a bit of imagination in the final third.

"It was a tough match and we worked hard. But we're learning all the time and hopefully we can improve going forward."

Annan had the first chance with Chris Jardine blazing over the bar with a shot from 30 yards before Clyde midfielder Paul Hay fired high and wide from a 25-yard free-kick at the other end.

In 21 minutes the visitors came close again. Sean O'Connor was on the end of a through ball from Aaron Muirhead but his shot was deflected inches wide of the right-hand post by Bully Wee centre-half Brian McQueen.

Ten minutes later McQueen met a Lee Sharp cross from the left with his head but Alex Mitchell easily held his effort.

Clyde had former Kilmarnock keeper Alan Combe in as a trialist for the injured Felip Mentel and he was called into action just before half-time.

The Bully Wee defence failed to clear their lines and the ball fell to Annan winger Steven Sloan but his shot was straight at Combe, who parried away for a corner.

After the restart, Combe denied Annan again, this time saving a low left-footed shot from O'Connor. Then from a corner, O'Connor had his header cleared off the line from Clyde's Jack Sloss.

In 64 minutes Clyde blew their best chance after John Neill played in Liam Cusack but the forward fired wide.

They were reduced to 10 men six minutes later as McDonald was shown a second yellow for diving. But Watson even things up when he fouled Neill and was sent off for his second bookable offence.

Annan boss Harry Cairney said: "Clyde are hard to break down. We had some good chances but our finishing let us down."

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Holding on.. It's Mitchell's ball despite Clyde appeal Short measure.. Cusack (left) fires wide of the mark
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Sunday Mail (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Nov 13, 2011
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