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Dagenham & Redbridge: Fans Gave Us Extra Bit Of Energy

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Posted by FC Halifax Town
Posted on Wed 14 Mar 2018
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Mike Fondop-Talom believes the fans were pivotal for the Shaymen as they came from behind to beat Dagenham 2-1 on Tuesday night.

This result saw Town climb to 15th in the table and now sit ten points from the relegation zone.

The on-loan Guiseley striker netted the winner with a towering header and could not contain his joy as he jumped in to celebrate with the fans and he was grateful for their support on the night.

‘The crowd, we call them the 12th men so we 11 on the pitch we can do everything we want, but when you hear motivation and support from the fans, it gives you that extra bit of energy.’

‘They were really important today with the singing and the shouting and the encouragement so that’s why my first reaction when I scored was to go there because it was amazing.’

It was a game in which the Shaymen dominated from start to finish and were unfortunate to find themselves a goal down at half time, thanks to Charlee Adams freak deflected goal five minutes before the break.

However, the lads showed great spirit and desire to get back into the game, finding two goals in two minutes and Fondop-Talom revealed the team knew what Jamie Fullarton needed them to do to win the game.

‘First half was a bit difficult because they were popping the ball around but the second half after the gaffer spoke to us, we knew what we had to do we had to make sure we didn’t lose the focus’

‘We started well, and you saw the own goal and then I knew something was coming. I had a lot of opportunities, I just had to be patient.’

Scoring his first goal for Halifax, at the Shay and to wrap up three huge points, it couldn’t have been a better evening for the loanee and he could barely hide his delight.

‘I’m so happy obviously for the win, winning is what we had in the last game but obviously I scored a goal which is my job as a striker, so it means a lot to me.’

‘Oh definitely, I’ve been waiting a long time for that. Because last game I was starting and for me it was a good opportunity to score but it didn’t happen, at least I had an assist and contributed a lot so today I was too impatient to score.’

The Shaymen are now into double figures in terms of points above the relegation zone and Fondop-Talom and the squad believe six more points should be enough to secure safety in the National League this season.

‘In the group chat the lads said we need six points to be clear of, so this win was really important and hopefully we get something on Saturday. Hopefully the result goes for us.’

Halifax Town take on Guiseley at the weekend and, being Fondop-Talom’s parent club, he will not be able to feature but he knows how important the fixture is devastated he won’t be able to play a part.

‘You never know because you can lose a game against lots of the league, but I reckon it’s a must win game, if we win that game then we have less pressure going forward.

‘I’m not in, I would’ve loved to play, but obviously I can’t play but I will be there to support the lads.’

To watch the full interview, or more post-match reaction from Raheem Hanley and manager Jamie Fullarton, head on over to Shaymen TV.

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