FC Halifax Town boss Jamie Fullarton believed that the Good Friday result was a fair one as he fell to his first defeat in charge of the Shaymen against AFC Fylde.
After going in level at half time, Fullarton’s side conceded twice in ten second half minutes for their first defeat in seven Vanarama National League outings. Goals from the Coasters’ Jonny Smith and James Hardy ensuring the hosts kept in touching distance of the play-off spots.
Speaking to Shaymen TV, Fullarton said that despite a decent first half performance, the result in the end was one that we cannot complain about.
“I don’t think we deserved anything more from the game today. From the standards we have set as a group, individually and collectively, I think we underperformed today. I have got no complaints on the result.
“In the first half, as you say, I think it was end-to-end stuff. The intent from both teams to try and win the game in a 25-minute spell at the beginning set it up to be an exciting game.
“In the first ten minutes of the second half it kind of fizzled out from our point of view, and it is disappointing to lose the goals in the manner that we did. Obviously, we will look to correct that as soon as possible.”
It was a poor second half from the Shaymen, who struggled to form their own attacking opportunities at the other end. For Fullarton, it was disappointing that Town could not stay in the game for the full 90 minutes, but he was quick to praise his side following recent performances.
“The barometer that we judge ourselves by is from the standards that we set, and I think that is important. The way we are disappointed is that my danger barometer never reached red today because I didn’t think we were under that much pressure. I’m a bit frustrated that we have given them those goals.
“Yes, they are pushing for promotion, but we are looking at the way we are developing, how we move forward and how we progress. You do have those games over the season where you underperform, so it’s great credit to the lads over the last six games for how they have performed as well as to get those results.
“It is important that, in games like today, you stay in the game for 95 minutes and not the 47 that we did… The next step for us is if we don’t perform to the standards we have set, we still take something from the game.”
It may not have been the ideal start to the Easter weekend that Fullarton’s side were looking for, but a quick turnaround sees them able to put things right on Monday afternoon.
A return to the MBi Shay Stadium for the first of three home games in a row sees Gateshead FC make the trip down to West Yorkshire. Based on overall form, Town have certainly put themselves in a great position over the last couple of weeks and will look to carry that on against the Heed.
Fullarton added: “You look at the league and how competitive it is, obviously Gateshead have had a really good cup run so we are looking forward to the game.
“It is a really good opportunity for us to play at home and on our own pitch. Not only are we looking to bounce back with a result, but also with a good performance.”
Head over to Shaymen TV to watch the full interview with Fullarton, along with more post-match reaction from Sam Graham and Matty Brown.
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