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Chesterfield: Understanding And Belief

Posted by Ben Rowland
Posted on Sun 14 Oct 2018
Posted in Interviews

FC Halifax Town put in a good performance against Chesterfield, and got a draw as former Shayman, Tom Denton equalised late on to cancel out Matty Kosylo’s goal.

Jamie Fullarton spoke to Shaymen TV after the game and this is what he had to say about the performance.

“Obviously, I’m pleased with the performance but bitterly disappointed we didn’t win the game. But again, when you question application and attitude last week and then at home, in front of our own fans and TV cameras, the players go about their business as they did today its pleasing! What’s not pleasing at the end of the game is that their efforts and how they performed didn’t bring the three points that I thought we thoroughly deserved today.”

The Shaymen created a lot of chances in front of the BT Sport cameras on Non-League Day and were unlucky not to take all three points.

“The most important thing from our point of view is did the players adapt to the changes we made today, they got joy to create opportunities and in the final third we’ve just got to be a little bit more clinical. The ratio of chances created to goals scored we must improve on. There’s no doubt that with the work we’re doing and the way the boys are approaching everything that it will come.”

There was a slight change in formation today with a back three being used by Fullarton, but it was still the same way of playing for his players.

“We are in the business of trying to win football matches. We’ve got a group of players that work daily on every aspect, wherever it be physical condition, technical ability as well as tactical. I felt that when we go into a game like today that change promoted and prompted us to create the chances that we did. Our principles are the same, as you see, that tactical change in formation, just means your starting positions are slightly different. I thought that we took it on board from the work this week, applied it really well and other than the final thing, it seemed to work.”

Fullarton said the change in formation was to try and combat the way Chesterfield would play and limit former Shayman, Tom Denton.

“Our tactical switch was to prevent and reduce chances and considering how Chesterfield play. I thought for most of the game that’s what we did, but you’ve got to do it for all the game. I think the actual goal was the only shot on target they had. They had one that hit the top of the bar, but that was never going in. So, in general, the game plan was implemented and worked, but it’s still cost us with the one chance they had, they put it away.”

Matty Kosylo was the goal scorer for Halifax and Fullarton is delighted to have him back after his suspension.

“Our principles are always the same and it’s important that we have key members like Matty available for us. You know we have a small squad and when you have key characters missing it gives others an opportunity to step up. But we’re very pleased to have Matty back and you can see by his performance today the impact he has for us.”

Halifax really caused a threat for Martin Allen’s team today with Fullarton pleased with the style of play, he says the goals will come soon.

We like to play through the counter-attack, that’s what we are. It’s understanding what we are and the players buying into it. We’ve shown today that the players have bought into it, they understand it and they believe in it. They trust each other to get the ball into the final third, we just need to be a little bit more clinical. But we’re a young squad and we only start to worry is when we don’t create those chances.

Halifax were forced into changes during the game.

“Obviously, we had to make two changes today with Niall (Maher) and James (Berrett) having to come off but it’s too early to say what the situation is. Matty Brown was free from suspension today but he’s got a slight hamstring problem.”

And finally, Fullarton spoke about how much he’s looking forward to the FA Cup tie against Warrington Town FC next week.

Cup tie! Brilliant! FA Cup! The romance of it. I know the manager very well, Paul Carden. There has been big investment there, they missed out on the playoffs last season and they’re going great this year. So, it’s a game that I’m really looking forward to.

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