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AFC Fylde: We Deserved Something

Posted by Kelly Gilchrist
Posted on Sat 15 Apr 2017
Posted in First Team

A second half goal from Danny Rowe, now on his 43rd for the season, was the only one of the game as Town’s luck seemed to run out despite an onslaught of attacks from the Shaymen.

The home side were resilient regardless of going a goal down deep into the second half, and Heath believes that Town showed a dominant display in their search for the equalising goal.

“Anybody who watched the game would know we deserved something from the game. The first half was a tense affair, they slightly had the upper hand but only slightly because there were no real chances for either side.

“They might have edged it possession-wise but we had the best chance in the first half through Josh MacDonald. Then in the second half we dominated for long periods. We created chances, hit the post and then we concede a scruffy goal.

“The lads have been fantastic today, I thought we were excellent and I thought we should have got something from the game but we haven’t, we go to Harrogate now”.

As the game wore on, it seemed as if it was going to be one of those days where Town couldn’t even buy a goal. Josh MacDonald, starting for the first time since January following an injury, was unlucky not score his one-on-one chance against Rhys Taylor.

In lieu of this, Heath understands that the Shaymen had the best of the chances to kill the game off.   

“We were trying everything but we just couldn’t get the ball over the line. We put some good balls into the box and made some good runs, we’ve had enough chances to win the game. It’s always disappointing when you don’t take your chances”.

Just like MacDonald, another man that the fans were happy to see making his return was Matty Kosylo.

The winger impressed after coming on as a sub following his four-week spell on the side-lines, producing the best chance of the game as his shot agonisingly struck the post from the edge of the box. Like the fans, Heath is another man who was happy to see the winger return, and knows he will bring a lot to the team in the final few games.

“He was never going to last the game, he has only had one training session since he came back so it was a big gamble to start him.

“What we were mindful of was him starting the game and breaking down again because one training session isn’t enough in any stretch of the imagination, but he came on and looked bright.

“He has got that 35 minutes in him now, he feels more comfortable with the hamstring and hopefully we can get him on the pitch on Monday”.

“He has got that ability to dribble past and take people on, unfortunately it’s just hit the post. That was the theme for the second half where it just wasn’t falling the right side of the post at times”.

At the end of the day, the start of the Easter fixtures was always going to be a difficult one. The Shaymen did well to dominate the second half against a strong outfit, and Heath recognises that his side were just unfortunate not to come away with at least a point.

“We’ve had numerous chances, even the one at the end when it looks, in all intents and purposes, like it would be an own goal but it goes straight into the ‘keeper’s hands.

“We have had a good go today, we played some good stuff in the second half and, like your day, we deserved something”.

You can watch the full interview with Heath along with post-match reaction from Matty Kosylo and Richard Peniket on Shaymen Player HD

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