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Altrincham: Cut Out Silly Errors

Posted by Kelly Gilchrist
Posted on Wed 10 Aug 2016
Posted in First Team

Kevin Roberts is very much focused on keeping FC Halifax Town’s defence as strong as it possibly can after Tuesday’s 2-2 draw with Altrincham.

The defender gave us an insight into his thoughts after the match…

“I think we are frustrated with how the game panned out in the end. We’re also frustrated with conceding two goals again. We don’t want it to become a habit, we keep clean sheets and we’ve proven we score goals, we’ve scored five goals in the first two games, so if we can get that right. I don’t think it’s anything to do with the unit defensively. We had a few individual errors which can be easily cut out so hopefully we can sort that out before the next game.”

With Saturday’s fixture against Worcester soon approaching, Roberts hopes defensive issues can be resolved so that a clean sheet may come the team’s way…

“We’ll just want to try and cut out silly errors, because we know we’ll go up the other end and create chances, even towards the end. I wouldn’t say there were a lot of clear-cut chances but we were putting balls in the box, there were a lot of scrambles and we made it uneasy for Altrincham, and a lot of teams in this league won’t be able to cope with that.”

As for the game itself, Roberts was delighted by how the Shaymen got the equaliser.

“It was a brilliant goal by Jordan. Everyone’s obviously not happy when they’re not starting, but the lads that have come on have shown a great attitude and they’ve all changed the game, and especially Jordan with a wonderful goal at the end.”

And for the first goal, it seems Roberts must have missed Tom Denton rising to get the final touch on the ball…

“Did he score today? Did he? I didn’t know he scored. He’s on fire then big Dents. I’ve just been giving him some stick! He’s a great outlet for us, sometimes in the first half, especially today, we probably played to him too early, rather than keeping the ball for a bit, and so the game got stretched. But in the second half, we used him well, got plenty of balls in the box, and if you put balls in the box he’s definitely a threat.”

And of course, Roberts was appreciative of their efforts in going forward as well as their efforts in their own end of the field…

“They’ve proven how good they are already; we’ve scored five goals. Penny’s been playing just off the left, but he’s been coming in and playing as a striker almost. And doing our defensive duties, he puts great shift in down the left, following their wing-back today, and like I say I think the three of them have definitely got goals in them.”

And now with the Shaymen still undefeated in Billy Heath’s reign, Roberts hopes the run doesn’t end soon…

“I’m not going to predict it, because you know, football is strange. But we want to keep it going as long as possible. Especially don’t want to be beat at home. The lads showed great character coming back from behind twice and we really don’t want to get beat at home, we want to make this a tough place to come to for teams.”

FC Halifax Town return to action at the MBi Shay Stadium at 3pm against Worcester City.

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