FC Halifax Town midfielder Jordan Sinnott has labelled the upcoming play-off crunch clash against Salford City as a must win game.
Sinnott and his teammates drew 1-1 against The Ammies in the first leg, setting up a game where the winner will take all of the spoils.
“It is a must win. We’ve ended up drawing the first one so it is all to play for now. Anything can happen, I doubt it will be a plain sailing type of game but we will just have to see how it goes. All the lads are focused and ready for it so hopefully we will get the right result.”
Despite being the away side in the first leg, Halifax did themselves justice with a rugged defensive performance, and off the pitch with a partisan like following. Moor Lane may have been the location of the match but a neutral would have been forgiven for thinking it was The Shaymen faithful who were the home supporters.
It was an atmosphere that manager Billy Heath and many of the players described as something that was pushing them on and Sinnott admitted he is relishing the thought of a similar support being amplified at home in the MBi Shay Stadium.
“I said after the game the away following was superb and i know we could have sold a lot more ticket if they were on sale but they ones that were there made it a great atmosphere. I’m just hoping for the same atmosphere at home but just with a lot more there.”
Although Halifax were strong in defence for most of the night, they did create a number of chances to win the game and Sinnott was on the end of one he thought should have been hitting the back of the net.
The midfielder had latched onto a forward pass and taken it round his defender with ease.
One on one with the goalkeeper he struck a shot that arrowed agonisingly wide of the mark but instead of dwelling on the miss, the 23-year old is determined to make up for the miss.
“It would have been a different story if I had put that in. That would have changed the game I it had gone 2-0. It didn’t really help with them going down the other end and scoring about five minutes later. Disappointed like I said but hopefully i can put it right on Sunday. I dare not watch it back. I felt like I did all the hard work but then went one on one and put it wide. Hopefully I’ll score two on Sunday.”
Heath’s men will be heading into the tie full of confidence knowing that they will be favourites to win the game at home. The two sides met earlier in the season at The Shay and produced a thrilling 4-2 win for The Shaymen which could be looked upon for some indication to how the game may pan out as Sinnott explains.
“You’ve got to be. I know it doesn’t really matter but if you look at the game last time when they were down here I know it doesn’t really matter but if you look at when we played them at home we were 2-0 down at half time and we ended up beating them 4-2. You could look at that as a bit of inspiration. But now it is a one game shoot-out. All the boys are confident because we know how we can play if we play to our potential, so hopefully it happens for us on Sunday.”
You can watch FC Halifax Town’s crunch clash against Salford City at the MBi Shay Stadium on Sunday the 7th of May.
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