Jamie Fullarton’s FC Halifax Town side put in a fantastic shift away at Braintree Town to win the opening game of the season 2-0.
After the game, we caught up with Fullarton to see what he had to say about his sides explosive start to the new campaign.
“It was most definitely the result and performance we wanted. I think when you come away from home on your first game, at the start of any season, I think players don’t need any motivation. But they’ve spent six weeks working towards playing today, and I think when you come to a place like Braintree, who are riding the momentum from winning promotion into a league, which obviously as a club Halifax experienced last season. it’s a difficult game”.
“I think today our attitude and application, which I bore the fans, the players and everyone that will listen to me with, resulted in us getting not only the points but a performance that merited the long trip down”.
Halifax as the away side did dominate most of the game, especially in the second half. The manager puts that down to the fantastic attitude of his players today.
“We have a game plan, we have to take into account who we’re playing, where we’re playing and I thought the players’ attitude towards it and the implementation of the game plan resulted in us creating a number of opportunities”.
“Their goalkeeper, young Killop, pulling off some excellent saves that made it exciting, entertaining and a clean sheet is always pleasing”.
This is the first competitive match for FC Halifax Town since the side went professional recently. The players have been working extremely hard in training, with Fullarton crediting the work they have put in to get to this stage.
“The players have been sweating blood for six weeks, twice a day, every day and I think their conditioning, their understanding of the game plan, their intention to implement the game plan bringing it into the second half, which meant we were in control of the game”.
Matty Brown was named the captain for the club for the upcoming season again recently. Alongside the experienced Nathan Clarke, the two of them played an important role in leading the side today.
“Everybody has their own responsibility within the team, not just Matty (Brown) and Nathan (Clarke) who were first class at that, which I would expect naturally”.
However, Fullarton knows that all of his players are capable of helping out the team in any way possible.
“Everyone takes that role upon themselves because they’re part of the team. Also, it’s not just the eleven on the pitch, it’s everyone involved, from the staff to the substitutes, to the players that start the game”.
With his side winning 2-0, Fullarton was happy with how his side controlled the game showing good game management to get the result they deserved.
“Clean sheets are important. There were questions asked or raised during preseason when we didn’t have a clean sheet”.
“Ultimately when there are three points on the table, that’s when the clean sheets come in and I think that gave us the foundation to go on and win the game in quite gold control and comfortably in the second half”.
New boys Jonathan Edwards and Nathan Clarke were the goal scorers today. The two of them jumped well to meet Ben Tomlinson corners and bury them into the back of the net. The Shaymen looked very dangerous from all their set pieces today with Jamie saying this was part of the game plan.
“We work hard on everything in training. Every advantage we can get but to gain the number of set pieces we did, came from the game plan and how we wanted to get further up the pitch. I thought the boys implemented that and they got their reward”.
As mentioned already, Ben Tomlinson had a massive role in the game. Not only did he get two assists but he worked tirelessly to help his side out.
“Ben’s (Tomlinson) has been a big influence, and a major part since I’ve come into the club, that’s why I was delighted when he decided to extend his stay here. He’s an integral part, along with everyone else”.
Halifax’s second game of the season is against Barrow on Tuesday, they won their opening game of the season comfortably but Fullarton is excited for the game already.
“We will now focus on the recovery for the players and me and the staff looking at how they are. We’re really excited about it (Tuesday) because we are at home, and playing at home is really what you want to do as a football player and as part of the club because you want to hear the home fans cheering you on. So hopefully we’ll perform to a level where it will encourage them to support us”.
Finally, Fullarton was so grateful, as he always is with the support the fans gave his side today.
“The support today was fantastic. Since I was at the club, I can only stress the support they’ve given the players and that really helps. It’s important we appreciate them and we reward the fans with a performance and result so it makes it easier, shorter trip home”.
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