Following FC Halifax Town’s comfortable 3-1 win over Dorking Wanderers, manager Chris Millington spoke to Shaymen TV to give his thoughts on the game.
“It wasn’t pretty, not one for the purists,” Millington said. “We’re pleased with the result, but it’s a mark of how far we’ve come that we are disappointed with the performance. We looked tired; it took us a good while to get going. When we did, we had a little devastating spell where we killed the game off. Partly down to tiredness, I took the decision to slightly tweak the shape by going with two up top towards the end. We might have been able to get after them and get some more goals and try to impact the goal difference table a little bit, but it didn’t quite work out how we would have wanted it to. So that’s something for me, maybe I should have just retained the shape. But all in all, we’ve got to be pleased. We’re in a good run at home, we’ve seen off a team who can be a threat and a danger, so we’ve got to be pleased.”
Jamie Cooke opened the scoring in the first half with a quality finish and Millington was quick to praise Cooke and the other forwards for their contribution in the win.
“We’re pleased for Jamie, he works ever so hard for the team,” Millington told Shaymen TV. “We’ve got forwards who are willing to work hard. Jamie Cooke has run himself into the ground trying to press and regain possession us. Kian Spence has done the same for us in that advanced midfield role, Matt Warburton had a go at it tonight and did well, and Mani Dieseruvwe is scrapping against three centre halves trying to get hold of the ball for us when it’s played up to him. So we’ve got fighters up there and they deserve credit for an awful lot of the play and what they did to try and get results for us. Jamie tonight is the one who has benefitted and got that early goal.”
Jesse Debrah was handed the captain’s armband for the game and the centre back lead by example, putting in a fine performance.
“Aren’t we lucky with the amount of players we’ve had who have been captain this season,” Millington said. “We’ve obviously got Tom Clarke on the bench who is team captain and Sam Johnson who is club captain and he’s on the field. But, to captain the team out on the pitch, Jesse had that honour today and it’s a reward for what he has done for the club so far this season. He’s just one of a number of leaders within the group that we can be very proud of.”
Up next for the Shaymen sees Barnet visit the Shay as Town look to make it seven consecutive home victories.
“It’s an opportunity for us to right some wrongs,” Millington told Shaymen TV. “We were very poor away at Barnet at the beginning of the season. I would hope we will put in a very different display come this Saturday, but they are a strong team who are doing very well. They are in an excellent position in the league and I’d anticipate that they will probably be there come the end of the season. It’s another team like Chesterfield that we’ve got to be looking to compete with & prove that we’ve got our own playoff credentials as well.”
Watch the full interview on Shaymen TV.
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