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Lincoln City: Very Disappointed

Posted by Kelly Gilchrist
Posted on Sun 2 Feb 2014
Posted in First Team

Neil Aspin bemoaned the defending of his side in FC Halifax Town’s 3-1 defeat to Lincoln City.

A Ben Tomlinson hat-trick condemned the Shaymen to another defeat on the road despite a debut goal for Ryan Crowther.

A much improved second-half performance was not enough for Town, and Aspin was left disappointed with his side’s performance.

“I thought it was a very poor performance. Defensively we were terrible and some of the decision making at the back was woeful. We can’t come away from home and defend like that if we’re going to get a result. We’re very disappointed but we have to take it on the chin and go again on Tuesday against a Salisbury team pushing for the play-offs.”

There was an inevitable feel-good factor before the game after the news that Lee Gregory would be staying at The Shay despite reported interest, and Aspin was evidently pleased to have kept his prize asset.

“We’re obviously delighted to have him at the Club. It’s been a difficult time for Lee because there’s been a lot of clubs reported to be interested in him without coming in with a concrete offer. We had an offer that was way off the valuation and the first offer was an insulting offer which was quite frankly laughable.

“His attitude is tremendous and I think he trusts me enough to know I’ll keep him in the picture. I told him last night that if I sold him for the offer we got, it has nothing to do with the Club, it would make me look like an idiot and I wasn’t prepared to do that.”

Crowther’s goal was a particular highlight, with Town’s latest recruit looking promising on a difficult debut, and Aspin admitted he was delighted to finally get a player he has pursued for a long time.

“I’m really pleased we managed to get him in. I thought he was a bright spark for us and if we can provide him with the service he will create things. He must have come in today and wondered what he has signed himself in for with defending like that.”

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