FC Halifax Town fell to a 2-1 defeat to Havant & Waterlooville in the Vanarama National League leaving the Shaymen 16th.
Following the game manager Jamie Fullarton gave his thoughts on the Shaymen’s 7th defeat of the season.
He said: “Obviously bitterly disappointed not to get anything from the game, I think obviously today individual errors have cost us, that’s something that as a coach and a manager you can legislate for, what you’re looking for is a reaction from the group, the team, to help make those individual errors not cost us but unfortunately, we were unable to do that today.”
Town had several good goal scoring opportunities, especially in the first half with several free kicks and corner going close. Fullarton however, believes the team should have done more to win the game.
He said: “I don’t like to rely on luck, that’s why we train every day and work how we do to a regular outcome based on what we do on the pitch. So, although we created half chances, and some chances that we should do better with, we didn’t today and ultimately it has cost us.
With the Shaymen having strong spells and Havant being the better team at the start of the second half, Fullarton feels that the game was quite even as both teams had chances.
He said: “Yeah it was quite even, yeah, I’d agree, I think you know first half, I thought we were quite composed in our approach, I think we looked quite comfortable as we went in. We lost the goal in the first four minutes of the second half, then it has an impact on the game, but again in terms of shots on goal against us and the two goals we conceded, they were the two shots they had on goal, and we’ve been punished for it.”
Havant took the lead in the 48th minute as they looked to dominate the opening period of the second half. Fullarton acknowledges that this had a big impact on the game and was hoping for a reaction from the team.
He said: “It did, all goals impact the game and what you’re looking for when you make individual errors that cost you, you’re looking for the group to rally together to get you out of that and get you back in the game and we never done that.”
With Niall Maher pulling one back for Town and Havant going down to 10 men late on the game, it became a tight affair with Halifax pushing forward to try and equalise. Fullarton believes that we shouldn’t have got ourselves into the position where we need to get an equaliser.
He said: “I don’t think it was nervy, it’s because of getting ourselves into a position with the individual errors that cost us goals has resulted in us having to revert to a little bit of blind pressure and that’s what happened so whilst it may have made it nervy or exciting. At the end of the day we were 2-1 down and pushing to try and get something from the game, I would prefer us not to be in that position through what we do in the 90 minutes previous to that.”
Looking ahead to next Saturday and Halifax take on Morecambe in the FA Cup First Round and Fullarton admits he’s looking forward to going up against league opponents.
He said: “Looking forward to it again obviously Morecambe away, a league team that again the FA Cup comes around having got through in the last round and I’m sure our fans and everyone involved with the club will be looking forward to the break from league and playing against a team that’s not from our division and exciting towards that.”
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