Niall Maher believed that FC Halifax Town were “not at the races” in their 2-1 F.A. Cup fourth round qualifying loss to Harrogate Town at The Shay but vowed to bounce back quickly.
The Shaymen got off to a slow start, conceding in the eighth minute, and midfielder Maher felt that that cost the home team.
“At the end of the day the better team won,” he said to Shaymen TV. “We can’t say we were as ourselves for the full game.
“At half-time we said we need to come out of the blocks in the first ten minutes and we did that. We got the first goal and tried to get the second, but you know they ended up getting it.
“It’s always nice to get a cup run but unfortunately that’s not happening.”
This was Maher’s first start back for the Shaymen since his injury earlier in the season and he commented on what it felt like pulling on the blue shirt again.
“It’s good,” he said. “I always want to get back on the pitch. I’ve been working hard in training and in the gym to try and push myself to get back quicker. My main focus now is getting fully fit and try and help the best as I can.”
The Shaymen take on fellow table-toppers Bromley next Saturday, by which time he plans to have firmly brushed this defeat under the carpet.
“We know today has gone and you can’t do anything from the past to change that,” said Maher. “We have to look to the future now and the lads in there are gutted. The most important thing is getting a result at Bromley.”
To hear Niall Maher’s full interview head over to Shaymen TV.
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