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AFC Fylde: We Weren’t At The Races

Posted by Ashley Brewer
Posted on Sat 31 Mar 2018
Posted in First Team

FC Halifax Town captain Matty Brown admits the side’s 2-0 defeat at the hands of AFC Fylde is a ‘tough one to take’.

The Good Friday loss at Mill Farm was the first since manager Jamie Fullarton took control of the Shaymen.

Goals from Jonny Smith and James Hardy less than 10 minutes after the restart ensured all 3 points belonged to the Coasters.

On balance, Brown admitted the home side deserved the win.

‘They probably deserved to win on overall play,’ he said.

‘They’ve had the better of the chances and the better of the play in the game probably, but they haven’t really carved us open for a goal.

‘We feel like we gifted them cheap goals today, but we weren’t at the races ourselves with our normal game plan.

‘It’s one of them, you’ve just got to take it on the chin and move on.’

Despite the score line, it was a game that could have easily ended 0-0, with both sides looking sloppy on the ball at times.

‘I think at times both teams turned the ball over cheaply,’ Brown explained.

‘I don’t know if it was to do with the pitch or what.

‘It’s going to happen, we’re not perfect, we’re not robots, we’re going to have off days.

‘In the second half they passed it a lot better than us and fair play to them they had the better of the play.’

The result saw Halifax’s 6 match unbeaten streak concluded.

But Brown, despite the loss, remains upbeat about his team’s chances of remaining in the Vanarama National League.

‘We’ve had a good spell,’ the defender said.

‘We’ve put ourselves in a good position to maintain our safety in this league, but we need to get a win as soon as possible.

‘We don’t want that gap getting any closer so we’re looking to go into the game on Monday and put our wrongs right and get all 3 points.’

One blow for the visitors today was the loss of second top goal scorer Matty Kosylo, who had to be replaced after picking up a knock in the first 45 minutes.

Despite some good news from the medical staff, the Liverpool-born player maintains that it is up to the other players in the squad to perform despite the winger’s potential absence.

‘It’s a massive blow,’ Brown added.

‘I don’t know exactly what he’s done.

‘I think he’s had the all clear from the doctor here who said it’s nothing serious.

‘He’s a creative player, he’s been great for us this season so we’re going to miss him, but we’ve just got to roll our sleeves up and get the job done ourselves.’

Watch the full interview along with Jamie Fullarton and Sam Graham on Shaymen TV right now.

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