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Eastleigh: Another Hard Fought Point

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Posted by FC Halifax Town
Posted on Sun 25 Feb 2018
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Scott Garner believes the side’s willingness to work for each other is a huge part of the team’s recent performances, following FC Halifax Town’s respectable 0-0 draw away at Eastleigh.

A good away point, as they all are, and a clean sheet to go with it; two things that delighted the defender and he feels it was a strong performance from the Shaymen.

‘I think it was a hard-fought point and a well-earned one I think in the end. I think we’ve defended really well and I think we’ve stuck in together from the front to the back and we’ve come away with a good point.’

‘You could think it could be one of those games where you go and nick it one nil kind of thing but it’s just nice to not concede near the end in a game like that and keep another clean sheet.’

Two clean sheets on the bounce for Town now, following the 2-0 victory over Hartlepool on Tuesday, this draw sees Halifax move into 17th and five points from the relegation zone.

Results elsewhere also went in the Shaymen’s favour, with sides like Chester and Leyton Orient dropping points and Garner is aware of how important these points can be in the long run.

‘It’s absolutely massive because I think a few teams around us, they aren’t picking up points so if we’re picking up one point, then if we can get three points when we’re at home and things like that then that takes you well clear of the danger zone.’

Although the Shaymen didn’t create too much in terms of clear cut chances, the determination and attitude were spot on in this game with every player putting a shift in, one of the signs of the side’s strong character.

‘Yeah, I think we are good at digging in for each other and tucking in, looking after each other kind of thing and we win our balls and our tackles and that’s what we base ourselves on really’

Unfortunately for Garner, he picked up his tenth booking in the National League this season, which results in a two-game suspension for the defender.

However, he believes the decision to show him the yellow was harsh and feels he was unfortunate to be penalised in such a way.

‘The ball was played up in the air, I just checked my man and gone up to head the ball and he’s given the yellow card which I thought was a bit soft’

It’s not often that there is a silver lining to a suspension however that is the case for Garner, as he was withdrawn from this game with ten minutes to go after a suspected knee injury.

The number six appeared to be struggling towards the back end of the game and Jamie Fullarton had no choice but to make the change however Garner would’ve much rather stayed on.

‘I don’t like coming off, but I’ve strained it or twisted it or something there and I just couldn’t put much weight on it.’

‘I did feel like the opposition did pick up on it and they tried playing a few balls down this side and I was having to work hard to get down there, bit harder than normal, and it just wasn’t right, so I think I’ve opened up a tendon or something and hopefully it just settles down over the next few days. ‘

‘Obviously I’ve got two weeks to get that right now which I will be working on every day and with the physio to get it right.’

To watch the full interview with Scott Garner, or an interview with Martin Riley following his return to action, head on over to Shaymen TV. Likewise, to watch Jamie Fullarton’s first post-match interview following his first game in charge of Town, that will also be on Shaymen TV.

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