FC Halifax Town caretaker manager Neil Young has said that defensive mistakes cost his side after they fell to a 2-1 home defeat against Ebbsfleet United yesterday.
Corey Whitely and Luke Coulson scored two goals in the space of five minutes for Ebbsfleet after Matty Kosylo’s penalty opened the scored in the first-half for Town.
Young believes that Halifax must improve defensively as errors at the back proved costly in the second-period.
“In football, particularly when you’re down near the bottom, you’re relying on those small things in the game,” Young told Shaymen TV.
“For their first goal, we’ve allowed the player to turn in the box, there’s been a few deflections and then obviously the finish.”
“For the second goal, there were two free headers from a set piece and they’re a big side physically.”
The Shaymen had chances, particularly in the first 45 minutes, with Tom Denton seeing a couple of headers well saved by Nathan Ashmore whilst Town threatened late on as they pushed for an equaliser.
“After the first half, we probably should have been two or three goals in front,” claimed Young, “there were two or three unbelievable saves from their goalkeeper.”
“Then in the second-half, we switched off in two parts of the game. We still had chances at the end, the ball was kicked off the line, the keeper made some saves.”
“But, it’s disappointing that we switched off on those two occasions. It was a game of two mistakes on our part.”
“We’ve got to get the little bits right because it’s the little bits that cost us the game. We’ve got to make sure that when we’re in there, defending, it’s bodies on the line time. I can’t knock the effort and commitment.”
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