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Barnet: We Are Regaining Momentum

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Posted on Wed 6 Mar 2019
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FC Halifax Town continued their good run if form after a very impressive 3-0 win over Barnet on Tuesday night.

After the game, Jamie Fullarton spoke to the official website to give his thoughts on the match.

“Obviously following on from Saturday it was important that we regained momentum. It as pleasing that tonight the result reflected the performance. And although we are delight about the result our focus now turns to Ebbsfleet, which is an important game for us at home on Saturday.”

While it was one of the best results of the season, Fullarton still wants to improve on the chances put away by his side.

“I feel we still had two or three clear cut chances that we didn’t convert tonight. Whilst the ratio of shots to goals has been better tonight, we’re still looking to improve because we’re looking to score as many goals as we can, whilst maintaining that clean sheet record which has been exceptional from our team over the last dozen games.”

Devante Rodney and Manny Duku have got their FC Halifax Town career’s off to a great start, both scoring home debut goals. Fullarton spoke on their arrival and how they are fitting in.

“You’ve seen how they’ve performed tonight, you’ve seen their impact and influence on Saturday. I’m very pleased to have them on board. I think it’s important when you have a tight squad, that when you bring players in, they contribute on the pitch, but they’ve got to be able to fit in off the pitch and both have done that excellently.”

Matty Brown, unfortunately, did give a penalty away late on in the game, but The Shaymen still boast that fantastic defensive record with Sam Johnson saving the spot kick.

“I haven’t seen the incident yet. But the irony of the clean sheets that we’ve had is that the 1 goal in 8 games that we’ve conceded was a penalty. So, from open play, we’re obviously a difficult team to beat now and we’d like to continue that, and maybe limit them to having a penalty to break that record.”

“It’s an aspect of goalkeeping that’s different. When you have ten players in front of you that work the way they do to limit the opportunities you’ve got to have focus and concentration. When called upon Sam’s pulled a save out from the penalty which is fantastic because it adds to the clean sheet record. “

The Shaymen move up to 12thafter the emphatic win. Fullarton is happy with the way the team are going.

“We’re obviously happy that we are moving up the table. We’re obviously happy that the result has reflected the performance tonight and that’s one defeat in 12. So, we’ll be looking to maintain our levels with and without the ball and hopefully, we can continue that on Saturday.”

With two wins on the bounce, we asked the manager what he thought on the change of shape and how it’s helping the team.

“I changed the shape, but let’s not get caught up on systems and shapes. People can get too focused on that, it’s about finding the best way to beat the opposition. It doesn’t mean on Saturday we won’t change again, because we’ll adapt to it and maintain the principles. These principles are when we get the chance to, we break quickly and create chances, while still having a solid defensive shape. “

With Ebbsfleet travelling up the MBI Shay Stadium on Saturday, hopefully, FC Halifax Town can continue their fine form.

“Obviously, it will be a very difficult game, we played Ebbsfleet after our heroic cup exploits on a Tuesday night and we went into the game and we were disappointing. That was probably one of only three games this season where I would say I was disappointed with the performance and the result. Again, the circumstances and the situation with the squad at the time had an impact on that. Fortunately, now we have competition for places, players chomping at the bits, wanting to be involved. This has raised the standards and levels and now as a manager, I’ve got options to be able to pick the team, rather than the team picking itself.”

“I expect it still be a very difficult game, they’ve had huge investment at Ebbsfleet in the last two or three seasons. They’ve got some quality players and they’ve progressed up the table very quickly, having been in a similar position to us when we played them down there. So, I expect it to be as difficult a game, but hopefully, our performance and result is better.”

We’ll see you on Saturday at The Shay for a 3 PM kickoff.

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