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Gateshead: An Amazing Record

Posted by Kelly Gilchrist
Posted on Thu 2 Jan 2014
Posted in First Team

FC Halifax Town started the new year off with an entertaining 3-3 draw against visitors Gateshead, a game which could have gone either way right up to the final whistle with both sides creating numerous chances to snatch the game late on.

Manager Neil Aspin believes that there was more positives than negatives coming of the back of the 3-3 draw at home against Gateshead.

“We now have over 40 goals scored at home this season, that is an amazing record to have. We also scored another three today and I am very happy with that, especially when you look at who we have played over the festive period, I can’t criticise the lads for their effort. I would have liked the three points, obviously, but we don’t dwell on that and move onto Saturday now.”

Aspin did however admit that he was never comfortable during the match claiming that the visitors were never out of the game, “They had a few crosses flash across the goal mouth, so naturally you always feel a little on edge. In the second half they injected more pace into the side and it showed, they created more chances then, it was a great advert for non-league football, two different sides in style of play, they like to pass it around and we can do that in the oppositions half, but both teams want to attack”

“The goals we conceded were sloppy I feel, but again I can’t criticise the lads, they did well against a good side. We do know that we have to defend better, for the majority of games at home we have done, so we just move on”

“Once we get through this busy period, I always said December to January would be key for us, once we get this Saturday and next Tuesday out of the way, we can regroup proper as we will be back to Saturday to Saturday games, we can get energy levels back and also work on a few positional things for some of the players”

Aspin also spoke about the pitch which by the end of the game had become rather cut up due to the rain falling during the match.

“We ideally wanted the game on, I felt that the heavy pitch would suit us more than it would them, so maybe we could have used that to our benefit, but also we don’t want to have a backlog of games like we did last season. Also, there is the crowd as well, we get bigger numbers in attendance on these sorts of games, not as many fans would turn up for a game on a Tuesday night, so it was better for them and us”

Finally, Aspin reserved some words regarding Lee Gregory’s performance along with some words for the scouts that have been watching the inform striker, especially now the January transfer window is open.

“He took both his goals well, as he has done all season. He gets into good areas and what can I say he knows where the goal is, which is good for us. Any scouts that were at the game should look at the third chance he had, the one where he missed, leave him where he is with us, he’s rubbish!”

Watch the full interview on Shaymen Player now.

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