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Dover Athletic: Three Points And A Clean Sheet

Posted by Luke Davis
Posted on Sun 18 Nov 2018
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Following FC Halifax Town’s first league win since the 27th of August, Town manger Jamie Fullarton spoke Shaymen TV to give his thoughts on the game.

He said: “It’s three points, it’s a clean sheet and when we’re at home, what every team tries to do is make it a fortress. It was pleasing to get the result today although obviously, when you’re in the circumstances that we found ourselves in with more draws than we’d like and less wins, then in the last 15 to 20 minutes of the game anxiety creeps into the players, they’re human. Whilst that was in play it then altered the dynamic of the game which meant at times, we were defending quite deep and had to put our bodies on the line, when over the full game we should have been comfortably in front by more.”

Town had several efforts that failed to hit the back of the net, notably when striker Dayle Southwell hit the bar, and Fullarton believes it is important that we start converting the chances we are creating, as he said: “I feel it’s important that when we create the chances at times, particularly at home, that our ratio of chances to goals has to improve and increase, particularly if we want to progress as a team and a club, this is an area that we need to improve upon. But, when you have a clean sheet, from a defensive point of view, and I don’t mean the back four and the goalkeeper I mean from a team’s point of view, it gives you that foundation to go and win games.”

Dover struggled to really take control over the game until the last 20 minutes when Town dropped deeper which Fullarton believes is down to desperation to get the win.

He said: “In the last 15 minutes, as they’re desperate to win the game then start getting deeper and having their judgement clouded on decisions that they’re making in our defensive third. Which today resulted in Dover having a little bit of blind pressure with their direct play and taking the shine off what was, in the first 70 minutes, a game that we were reasonably in comfortable control of.”

With the result being so close in the end, Fullarton thinks that it could’ve been more comfortable. However, Fullarton also made it clear despite recent results, we have played better, as he said: “I think, for parts of the game, we had some good passages of play, players understand what’s been expected and in contrast to that, I do feel we have played better in previous games when we haven’t had a result, so it’s a little bit of a mixed bag for me. “

Looking forward to Tuesday and Morecambe visit the Shay for the FA Cup first round replay after a 0-0 draw last Saturday. Fullarton believes that the result against Dover will only help as they look to carry on the momentum into Tuesday.

He said: “It’ll be a difficult game, again it’s a team from the league above who are at full strength and who played their full-strength team against us on Saturday in the first round.  We’re under no illusion how difficult it’s going to be here even though we are at home, but the players will respond, buoyed after a result today and a victory with a number of players starting gain a little bit more fitness and starting to recover from injury which makes it the squad and the group stronger so we’re looking forward to the game, and again the effort and attitude that they showed today, they showed in the previous game, and looking forward to what is going to be a fantastic cup tie for us.”

Watch the full interview on Shaymen TV

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