Jamie Fullarton’s side suffered their first defeat of the season, a 2-1 loss, to title favourites Salford City on Tuesday evening. After going down to Adam Rooney’s header in the first half, an equaliser from Matty Kosylo wasn’t enough to grab something from the game.
However, despite the result, FC Halifax Town boss Fullarton remained upbeat after the game:
“Obviously we’re disappointed. The mantra is always to go and try to win every game. Whilst being disappointed with the result, I’m delighted with the attitude, the application, the desire shown by the players throughout the 95 minutes.”
Former Birmingham City and Aberdeen striker Rooney grabbed his and Salford’s second of the game late on to win the game for the Ammies.
“Whether we concede in the first minute or the last minute, I’m never happy.” Said Fullarton. “It’s important that when we’ve worked so hard to get back into the game, we manage the game and we make sure that when we’re at 1-1, the least we get is that point that we’ve worked so hard and so tirelessly for.
“I think if we’d have continued with the approach that we’d shown; We created chances, their keeper having to make a number of very good saves, and so that’s pleasing to see we were creating.
“At 1-0 we were still in the game, and our principles of play, I believed that if we changed certain aspects and did them a little bit better in terms of how we broke from our shape, create more chances and we did, getting ourselves back into the game.
“Unfortunately, it’s that hard done by pat on the back, which as a Scotsman with my characteristics, it’s no good. I want to be leaving here with three points.”
Simon Lenighan made his return for the Shaymen after re-signing for the club earlier on Tuesday from Guiseley. The former Leeds United midfielder performed well on his debut, pleasing Manager Fullarton.
“I thought he contributed exactly as I thought he would. There are two aspects you look at when bringing players in. How they integrate into the culture of the group, and what do they add value to on the pitch. It’s another part of the jigsaw puzzle.”
The Shaymen will be looking to bounce back against Dagenham & Redbridge at the MBi Shay Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
“They are a renowned League Two side who have been in this division for the last two seasons now. They’ll be looking to get themselves going, not only with performance but with results.
“It will be a difficult game, as they all are for different reasons. But we are at home, and when we play at home there’s a different atmosphere generated, and we’re hoping that can be a contributor to gaining those three points on Saturday.
You can watch the full interview with Jamie Fullarton now on Shaymen TV.
Read more posts by Adam Clapham