It was an unfortunate afternoon for everyone involved with FC Halifax Town as the club was defeated 2-1 at home against Hartlepool United. The match had many talking points but none bigger than the standard of the officiating. The official website caught up with manager Jamie Fullarton to get his thoughts.
“Obviously it’s disappointing. What’s more disappointing is that the game has been influenced and not managed by the officials. Whatever way you want to look at it, it impacted the result. It’s frustrating, disappointing and I feel a little bit aggrieved as I stand here.”
There was a lot of confusion surrounding the sending off of captain Matty Brown so we asked Jamie if he had a clearer understanding of the situation.
“The sending off for Matty Brown, when the referee came off he told me to go and have a look at it and he was sure I’d have the same opinion as him. I’ve watched it twenty times after the game and I still don’t have the same opinion as him. To give a red card for a deliberate stamp on someone’s head, which is his claim, you have to be 100% sure.”
We then asked Jamie if the club would be appealing against the red card and he simply replied with: “100% we will be appealing.”
Matty Kosylo was also sent for an early shower when he received a second yellow card. Jamie also tried to clear that situation up for us.
“I asked about that situation because it wasn’t clear what the two bookings were for and I’m even less clear now having had an explanation. I think that sums it up really.”
Town had started the game brightly and went in 0-0 at halftime having had the better chances in the match. If it wasn’t for a freakish turn of events, who knows what would have happened.
“The game started out exactly as we thought and we had the two best chances. Obviously they had the free kick where Sam made a fantastic save but in general it was more of the same. We tweaked one or two areas to give us a little bit more and create those opportunities that they were vulnerable to. We were excited for the second half.”
Despite going 2-0 down and being reduced to only 9 men, Jacob Hanson scored his first goal for The Shaymen after a great counter attack. Jamie gave us his views on the fighting spirit within the camp.
“If you look at that goal I think it’s synonymous of what we are and how we’re looking to play. In the last five minutes of a game where we’re 2-0 down and with nine men, and the players reacted how they did, it gives you a real insight into how the group is. It’s great credit to them.”
AFC Fylde will be the next visitors to the MBi Shay stadium and we look forward to welcoming them this coming Tuesday. You can watch the full post-match interview with manager Jamie Fullarton who also discussed the injury to Ben Tomlinson right now on Shaymen TV.
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