FC Halifax Town manager Billy Heath says that mistakes and an impressive goalkeeping performance from Brackley Town ‘keeper Laurie Walker cost his side the three points as Brackley ran out 3-1 winners at the MBi Shay on Saturday.
Jordan Sinnott’s opener was merely a consolation as a Steve Diggin goal and a brace from Lee Ndlovu meant that Town’s seven game winning run came to an end. Boss Heath knows his side need to cut out the mistakes to avoid future defeats.
“It is a very hard game to assess to be honest. I do not think they deserved to win 3-1 at all, I think at times their keeper kept them in it… Their keeper had two or three really good saves in the first half to keep them in it”
“I think that (Josh Macdonald’s shot) was the turning point and literally 30 seconds late they go down the other end, they get a corner, we make a mistake and it ends up 1-1. All three goals were avoidable, they were all mistakes which is what we haven’t been doing of late”
“They were all individual mistakes and we have been punished. We tried to get ourselves in the game but it wasn’t to be today, it is disappointing because the game literally pivoted on one moment which was Josh Macdonald’s shot… I still don’t understand how it didn’t go in”
Despite conceding three goals in quick succession, the first half was a positive one for the Shaymen as Brackley were limited to very few chances. Town just struggled to take their own chances which Heath believes was partly to blame for the result.
“I think we played some really good stuff, really we should have been two or three more to the good. We limited them to very little but I think that when you don’t get the second goal it can always lead to problems even when we have not made any mistakes really in the past six or seven games”
One man that impressed during the game was Sinnott and Heath was quick to praise the former Altrincham man. Although, he understands that a second goal was crucial in swaying the result.
“He is playing really well at the minute and he has got a lot of confidence. He dictated the first half. The first goal we conceded was always going to be important, we said at half time if we get the second goal it should be enough”
“It was a massively important goal and we have gifted them their first goal. It suddenly tipped the game a little bit and I think there were a few individuals still thinking about that goal, once it’s done it’s done”
“There was probably four or five of us trying to recover from the manner of the goal and then we concede the second which is the biggest disappointment because the goals we conceded were errors”
It was a game that quickly turned on its head for the Shaymen faithful but Heath says these sort of things need to be put aside before Town travel to Dagenham and Redbridge for next week’s Emirates FA Cup tie.
“Suddenly you can go from 1-0 up to 3-1 down very quickly… in a game that was toe-to-toe, I thought there wasn’t a lot in the game. Suddenly you can be a little bit shell shocked”
“Things will happen, people will make mistakes and what you have got to do is dust yourselves down and start again”
You can watch the full interview with Heath along with post-match reaction from Josh Macdonald and Scott Garner on Shaymen Player HD.
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