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Altrincham: We Never Got To Grips With The Game

Posted by Kelly Gilchrist
Posted on Tue 27 Dec 2022
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Following FC Halifax Town’s 2-1 defeat away at Altrincham, manager Chris Millington spoke to Shaymen TV to give his thoughts on the game.

“The first half was quite flat and going in at half time 1-0 up maybe flattered us a little,” Millington said. “However, I think if either side were going to go in ahead, we maybe shaded it. We were still disappointed with some aspects of our play going in at half time. We knew the first goal of the second half would be crucial and up until that goal that was nothing particularly noteworthy. Then they get the goal and just ran all over us for the rest of the half, we never got near them. We didn’t get at them at all and that momentum that they took from scoring their first really damaged us and we never got to grips with the game at all.”

Matt Warburton opened the scoring with a perfectly placed free kick into the top right corner, however Millington feels this should have provided the team with the platform to push on in the second half, but Town just never got going after the break.

“Really pleased for Warby,” Millington told Shaymen TV. “He’s worked hard, been patient, and then taken his chance really well. We were pleased to go in 1-0 at half time, but we were aware that there were a lot of things we needed to do a lot better. Having stated the second half with the intensity that we would have wanted to, I don’t think they score the goal and we go on and see the game out. The fact is though, we started at a slow tempo, as they did, The ball breaks to Colclough, he finishes it and they get the upper hand for the rest of the half.”

Millington had a few selection issues to think about with Jamie Stott missing out due to injury and a couple of others absent through illness.

“We’ve got a few players missing, but we’re confident we can rely on every member of the group,” Millington said. “We’ve got a group of players who should be comfortable at National League level and the team we put out, we felt, were good enough to go and win the game and I still were strong enough to win the game. But, we didn’t acquit ourselves well enough in the second half to see it out.”

Town now have an immediate opportunity to put things right in the reverse fixture against Altrincham at the Shay on New Year’s Day.

“We’ll go through our usual processes,” Millington told Shaymen TV. “It hurts at the moment because we’ve passed up a good opportunity to take three points. Credit to Altrincham for the way they came out after they scored that equaliser. But again, we’ve got to look ourselves in the mirror and accept some harsh truths which is we’ve underperformed in the second half.”

Watch the full interview on Shaymen TV.

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