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AFC Fylde: We Need More Desire

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

The midfielder cut a frustrated figure at full-time in front of the Shaymen Player camera after countless chances weren’t taken by Billy Heath’s side.

“We didn’t deserve to be beat- everyone has seen the number of chances we’ve had today” said Kosylo. “There’s 3 or 4 chances that have gone across the line today and if I’m being harsh we need to show more desire and push the ball over the line”.

Groans were frequently heard behind the press bench as Halifax boasted wave after wave on the league leaders goal, only to be stumped at the six-yard box. Tom Denton had several opportunities with both the head and foot, however yesterday’s defeat perhaps highlighted his lack of pace compared to his fellow strikers.

Often the ball scurried across the six-yard box and required just a bit of bravery and commitment to get on the end of the deliveries as appose to a direct ball to a player in Blue.

Frustrations grew further given that this intense pressure from Halifax wasn’t rivalled by Fylde, who created very few chances yet demonstrated just how vital Danny Rowe has been for them this season.

The striker netted The Coaster’s 101st goal of the campaign after a poor clearance from Sam Johnson lead to a rare Fylde attack.

“Fair play to Fylde they’ll go on and win this league from here” said Kosylo. “Rowe’s not even caught it sweetly, he’s dragged the shot and its bobbled in but you need that bit of luck sometimes. That was one of the only chances they had so it’s disappointing from our part.”

Kosylo revealed his frustration that the boss chose to keep him out of proceedings against Alfreton last Saturday, yet was given just over 30 minutes to show what Town have been missing of late.

The MBI Shay rose to applaud the return of their star – whilst also acknowledging the man he was replacing. Cliff Moyo produced an excellent performance in the first half – a key figure in Halifax’s attack whose game was sadly cut short due to injury.

It didn’t take long to see Kosylo find his groove once again, picking the ball up on the right-hand side ten minutes into his return he burst forward, weaving past player after player before unleashing a powerful strike just inside the area that looked certain to find the far corner – only to be denied by the woodwork.

Kosylo admits it would’ve been a nice comeback story for him to come on and grab the winner but it just wasn’t meant to be.

“It was great to get back out there though- I felt sharp, I’ve felt good in training and hopefully I can start in these next three games and kick on from there” said Kosylo.

The midfielder paused to give a special mention to the supporters – who once again provided excellent voice throughout the 90 minutes. The crowds were in well before a ball had been kicked and generated the kind of atmosphere we have seen on the road in recent weeks.

“You’ve got to give a lot of credit to the fans they were excellent, especially when we went back 1-0 down. They were very vocal; they motivate us and we need them more than ever heading into these last few games” said Kosylo.

With the league now mathematically out of reach the play-off fight is truly on – with just seven points between second and sixth.

It’s a busy Easter period for the Shaymen who are back in action on Monday against Harrogate- a side Halifax sunk to a 1-0 defeat to earlier on in the season.

“Harrogate came from 3-1 down to beat Salford last week so we’re under no illusions the test we have on Monday” revealed Kosylo. “We have to be in top form and organised if we want to come away with the three points.”

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