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FC United Of Manchester: We Were Excellent

Posted by Kelly Gilchrist
Posted on Sun 26 Mar 2017
Posted in First Team

Following a second win in less than a week, FC Halifax Town boss Billy Heath was understandably delighted with his side’s 3-0 victory away at FC United of Manchester.

Goals from loanee Dion Charles, Jordan Sinnott and Liam King on his return to the starting eleven gave the Shaymen the emphatic victory they deserved for a stellar performance.

Speaking after the game, Heath spared no time in praising his side for a fantastic win which propelled them further inside the play-off spots.
“I thought we were excellent in the first half, we got the goals that have really been missing of late.

“We took the pressure right off during the first half, I thought we played some really good stuff and then, I know it’s difficult because there is still 45 minutes to go, said let’s keep the clean sheet. The second half performance was professional from us and we did what we needed to do.

“The first goal was fantastic from Dion, we have been working on that and asked him to do that, it was a great finish. The other two came at the right time, were very clinical and just finished the game off”.

Two games earlier in the week, the narrow defeat to Gloucester City along with Tuesday’s win against Gainsborough Trinity, meant for a busy schedule in the run up to the FC United clash. The home side have seen some good form in recent weeks, and Heath believed that it was going to be a tough test for Town.

“I’m just pleased. We looked at this one because they have had a very good run of late so it is always a difficult place to come here. The crowd were singing from minute one right to the end, they give fantastic support no matter score it is so you know it will be a difficult place.

“I am pleased to get the three points and, like you say, some of the results have gone our way. We just have to take care of our business and not worry about everyone else’s”.

One man that impressed was Charles. The Fleetwood Town loanee was magnificent down the left wing until he was forced off after pulling up with an injury. Despite this, Heath says that Charles is adapting well to the style of play.
“He was a very exciting player last year at this level and he has gone on to full time training with Fleetwood. He scored eighteen goals last season so we knew all about Dion.

“He had a decent first game but he is growing into it and he is understanding. It is just adapting to the pace and physicality of this league against the one he has been playing. Hopefully the calf problem isn’t going to be too bad for us but he has done very well”.

With another win under their belts, the Shaymen now sit in third with just five points separating them and Kidderminster in second. For Heath, both he and the players are excited for where they will end up come the end of April.

“This league won’t be decided this week, next week or whatever, it will go down to the wire. That is for winning it as well. Strange things can happen, especially in the last six weeks and this year it will.

“In ten years, I have never seen this league as competitive as it is now so we look forward to every game. The players are all upbeat, good win today and we will see what next week brings”.

Head over to Shaymen Player HD to watch the full interview with Heath as well as post-match reaction from Sinnott and Scott Garner.

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