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Harrogate Town: Need To Break Teams Down

Posted by Kelly Gilchrist
Posted on Tue 30 Aug 2016
Posted in First Team

FC Halifax Town loan star Keil O’Brien says that the Shaymen “need to come up with a new game plan” to put aside the leagues more defensive teams.

O’Brien made second debut at Mbi Shay Stadium in yesterday’s 1-0 defeat to fellow Yorkshire side Harrogate, after injury plagued his first loan spell at the club.

“No it wasn’t the dream return”, said O’Brien. “They came with a game plan. They had five at the back and they held their line well. We ran out of Ideas. We were just saying in the dressing room that we need a different way to break teams down. We cant just keep looking to Denton, we need to come up with a new game plan.”

Harrogate’s Jack Emmett fired in the afternoon’s only goal midway through the second half of a game that failed to ever get into full flow. Both sides looked sloppy in possession, “We need to get on the ball and have a bit of composure in the play, slow it down and get it to our tempo. They have came to spoil the game and in the end they have done it well.”

One frustration in recent games has been Halifax’s failure to respond when the long ball game isn’t working, but O’Brien insists that the Shaymen are no one trick pony.

“We have a ‘Plan B’ but its just a case of working hard and getting used to that different game plan. Teams are gonna come here and any point is a bonus point but its points lost for us. We need to get on the training ground and get a ‘Plan B’ so that we can use that ‘Plan B’ when things aren’t going our way.”

O’Brien’s arrival at the club comes at a time when Town’s defence is thin on the ground and in desperate need of fresh faces. Nevertheless, O’Brien is adamant that when the likes of Cliff Moyo and Scott McManus return from suspension and injury respectively, he will still be there battling for his place in the first team.

“I spoke to Billy and I know what the club is about, I love the club. When i came here last time i came of the back of a long term injury. I wanted to come back to prove a point to the club, the chairman and also to Billy.”

Four points was Halifax’s target for their Bank Holiday double, but instead the Shaymen left with nothing. O’Brien is certain that Saturday’s long trip to AFC Telford United provides the perfect opportunity to bounce back and get Town back on track.

“Saturday won’t be as tough. We have to bounce back, we are gonna bounce back, and I am pretty confident that we are gonna get the three points.”

You can watch the whole interview and more on Shaymen Player HD now!

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