FC Halifax Town boss Billy Heath believes that is side were not at their best after they Shaymen were held to a frustrating 0-0 home draw against Boston United.
Town took a while to find their feet in the game, with the away side’s resilient back line limiting the likes of Adam Morgan to create any dangerous attacks.
For Heath, the game was a case of struggling to cope with the well-organised visitors on the day.
“It was not the most pretty, we did not get going today in all aspects. The biggest plus for us was the clean sheet but we did not get going at all. In the first half, we were second best for the most part, we looked a little bit off the pace.
“We made a change at half time because it never looked like it was going to be a pretty game. Fair play to Boston, they were well organised and we’re stopping all the supply into Morgan, we could not get him on the ball.
“From their point of view, they have done a good job but for us all round today we were a little bit slow on the football… But we have gained a point on teams so it’s not the end of the world”.
Coming into the game, the Shaymen were treated to a rare week off due to Brackley Town’s impressive form in the FA Trophy, which could be argued to have thrown Town off the pace. Although Heath believes that this was not the case.
“The break came at the wrong time for us but we cannot use that as an excuse. We just did not seem to get going at all. From minute one we were second to a lot of things. Quality-wise, it was not up to our usual standards but we have kept the unbeaten run going and we have got the clean sheet”.
If being frustrated when it came to crating chances was not enough, the Shaymen felt that some challenges were given against them as they tried to get a foothold in the tie. However, this is something that Heath can quickly forget about.
“Until we see it again, the referee may have got it right but he may have got it wrong. You want him to give the big decisions, there can be strange decisions sometimes but that’s the way it is”.
Despite the frustration, there was one man who impressed today along with the likes of Matty Kosylo. Matty Brown looked in good form to say he has recently returned from a lengthy spell on the side-lines, and Heath says that it is now important to keep him fit.
“We just have to be careful with Matty because he looked a little bit at his maximum today. Obviously, the team wasn’t playing as well as they have done but he just looked a bit at his maximum.
“With the game coming up on Tuesday we must see what shape he is in because he has been magnificent to come straight in the side after eight months out. We have to make sure he is alright for Tuesday because what we do not want is for him to break down”.
A point from the game today means that Town remain in fifth, gaining a point over their play-off rivals. It may not have been the most pretty of games, but Heath will remain satisfied with the extra point gained.
“We just didn’t play very well but that happens in football. We want to win every game but sometimes you don’t play well. You just have to make sure you get something out of it and we have done that today”.
You can watch the full interview with Heath along with more reaction from David Lynch and Jordan Sinnott on Shaymen Player HD
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