FC Halifax Town boss Neil Aspin is urging his players to ‘raise their levels’ ahead of the first leg of a crucial away trio of fixtures, starting at fellow play-off chasing Nuneaton on Saturday.
The Shaymen remain unbeaten in their last six Skrill Conference Premier games, and despite a disappointing night at the Shay on Thursday, Aspin is positive his side can bounce straight back.
“I want to be positive. I know we’ve got a tough game at Nuneaton, and we know all of our fixtures are going to be tough. We’ve got to raise our levels and we’ve got to go again on Saturday. It’s still all to play for and we can’t be too despondent at the moment because we’ve had a good return from the last six games.”
Despite Thursday’s stalemate with Braintree, The Shaymen still sit just a point from the play-off positions, but the boss is refusing to declare Saturday’s game as a must win.
“You never know, because you don’t know how the other results are going to go. We knew coming into the last ten games that we had the hardest fixtures, but we’ve acquitted ourselves well so far. We have tough games left, just like they would be at any stage of the season, but we’re in a fantastic position, and it’s a position we didn’t expect to be in.”
Town’s chances at the Sperrin Brewery Stadium are made more difficult by the absence of formidable defensive pairing Marc Roberts and Simon Ainge, and Aspin acknowledges the task ahead of them.
“It’s a loss, but you get injuries and you’ve got to cope. We had a spell earlier on in the season where our results did dip because we had a few missing, but you get that, and you’ve just got to cope.
“You’d have to think they’d be fancying their chances because we’ve just come off a game on a Thursday night, and it’s been a tough game.”
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