FC Halifax Town under 19s manager Mark Trueman believes that his side should have managed the game better after they twice surrendered a lead to draw 3-3 with unbeaten league leaders Guiseley AFC.
Halifax led twice during the game, at 2-0 and 3-2, before conceding an equaliser in the final minute of normal time as Guiseley remained undefeated in the National League Alliance this season.
Trueman felt that his side should have been able to see out their lead until the final whistle and had to better manage the game.
“This group of players should have managed the game at 2-0,” said Trueman. “Maybe, our intensity at the start of that second-half wasn’t there to go and get the next goal.”
“We wanted to manage the game and keep on the ball. In the second-half, we gave the ball away cheaply from our standards. Maybe, we should have gone for that third goal and committed a few more men forward.”
“We did well in the first-half to 2-0 up, we controlled the game and we got the goals on a bobbly pitch. In this group of players there’s a lot of second years, so we thought we could have controlled the game better in the second-half.”
Two of the three goals Halifax conceded came from set pieces with centre back Louis Squires bagging a brace of headers from corners. Trueman feels it’s something his side must improve upon.
“We know Guiseley are quite direct and look to get the ball in the box,” continued the boss.
“Unfortunately, for their second, they’ve got a block on one of our players and he’s got a free header and the third goal, we’ve just not dealt with it. It’s unfortunate but it is something that we definitely need to look at and work on.”
“It’s never over. We’ve not lost a game in a while. Guiseley will probably be happier than us for the draw today.”
“They’ve got two tough games against South Shields, who are a good team. We’ve got the National Cup run that we’re going on.”
“There’s plenty to come this season and it’s a good test of the lads’ character to come back from this.”
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