FC Halifax Town manager Billy Heath says that the Shaymen have earned an important three points as his side beat Kidderminster Harriers 2-0 at the MBi Shay Stadium.
Goals from Matty Kosylo and Richard Peniket meant that the Shaymen returned to winning ways after two weeks without a victory but Heath has outlined that there are still has some areas he wants to improve.
“It unsettled us a bit when they lost a man! I do not think we really played after they lost their man but I thought we started the second half well because we have been quite slow coming out for the second half on a couple of occasions at home”
“We wanted to make sure we started the second half right and it is a big three points. It was a big game today and I said that to the players… Once again it was just about winning the game and coming out on the right side!”
“We were certainly as good as them in the first half, there was not any real clear cut chances for both sides. I said to the players that this could be a 1-0 for either side”
After earning the penalty that was subsequently missed by Liam King, Kosylo was alert to fire home the opener after what has been a stressful time for the winger through injury. Despite this, Heath has been happy with the positive attitude shown from the summer signing.
“We missed the penalty, it has come back out and, I must say, ‘Kozzy’ has worked so hard because he has been injured for a long time… His fitness levels are really good, he has been out for a long time so that is the work that he’s done with us and what he has done on his own as well”
“He has been bright and what a finish because it was a superb strike. He is a good player, like I say it has been unfortunate that he has had this knee problem so now he can start playing a regular run of games”
A superb solo run and finish meant that Peniket is now back to scoring ways after a recent goal drought and Heath was impressed by the substitute’s impact.
“The goal was good at the end for ‘Penni’, we put him on because we felt that we needed more legs to stretch them and I am really pleased he has got his goal because he has worked tremendously hard, his attitude has been absolutely fantastic”
The home win now means that the Shaymen leapfrog Harriers in the Vanarama National League North table as they sit in fourth place. However, Heath has warned to not get too carried away with league positions just yet.
“We cannot get obsessed about where we are in the league, even if we were a few places down there is a lot of football to be played. Come to January then we will see what is happening”
“Don’t get me wrong, it is nice to be as high up the table as you can be from day one but we do not get too excited. We have just got to make sure we put a run together”
You can now watch the full interview with Heath along with more post-match reaction from Peniket and David Lynch on Shaymen Player HD.
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