FC Halifax Town boss Billy Heath says he was pleased with the point earned by his side, as Town played out a 0-0 draw with Woking FC on the return of Vanarama National League football following the break for the FA Cup.
With chances very few and far between, Tom Denton arguably had the home side’s best chances in the second half, as he dragged a shot wide of Nathan Baxter’s far post after finding space in the box.
For the Cardinals, top scorer Joe Ward came closest to breaking the deadlock. The second half substitute worked into space on the edge of the box to shoot, although Sam Johnson dived low to save well.
Following the final whistle, Heath said that it was important that his side looked more like themselves after some recent defeats.
“It was a display of two pretty even sides, it looked like one goal would be enough for either side. A point was probably a fair result. We had two best chances in the second half but not taken them.
“The pleasing thing today was that we looked more like ourselves. We were more solid, a lot less open than we have been and the clean sheet was massively important.
“We may not have been as dynamic as we can be, but it was a good point and a solid display. I was pleased with the result”.
The team sheet saw Town field two loanees for their debuts, who have come in for the departing Liam King and David Lynch. Josh Clackstone and Harry Middleton, on loan from Hull City and Port Vale respectably, have both signed one-month loan deals this week.
They both showed glimpses of why they will be important signings, as they showed a comfortable display, and Heath was more than happy with their performance.
“Clackstone came in and it has been totally different from the way he has been playing in the Under 23s league.
“Everything is possession based and slower compared to today, but I thought he did very well and had a good debut. He looked solid and very strong, nobody managed to get the wrong side of him.
“Middleton is quite experienced for a young player, so we have to thank Port Vale for letting him come here. He has done ever so well, you can see he is a good footballer, a good technician and it was another good debut. We have brought these players in and hopefully we can get some results”.
It may not have been a game to remember, but the result itself is a decent one considering Woking’s good start to the season.
It means that Town are now eight games without a win in the National League, although Heath has outlined that there are plenty of positives to take from this Remembrance Day draw.
“The clean sheet was massive today because we have been conceding quite a few goals so that had to stop. We had to change things mid-week because we lost Matty Kosylo through injury, so it was good we had the two weeks before to prepare for the game.
“It let us get some work done and get some solidity again. It is disappointing that we didn’t manage to score but I was pleased with the clean sheet”.
Head over to Shaymen TV to watch the full interview with Heath, along with more post-match reaction from Daniel Batty and Middleton.
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