FC Halifax Town drew 0-0 at home to Salford City, with Halifax looking the far better side. Town manager Jamie Fullarton spoke to Shaymen TV to give his thoughts.
He said: “I think if anyone saw the game today, then there was a lot of build-up and expectation. Obviously, Salford’s reputation comes before them, as stated in my programme notes, they’ve invested heavily. Not just on the pitch but off the pitch, infrastructure, and in what they’re trying to do. They’re vying for an automatic promotion spot that everyone thinks and feels that they’ll be there.”
Halifax created plenty of chances and were unfortunate to not take all three points. Fullarton is pleased with the performances of the players and believes we could have easily taken all three points.
He said: “On reflection of the game, I think we were the in total control. The first half, we dominated the game and created several chances. We acquitted ourselves in a manner that at no point did it look like we were going to lose the game. I think that’s great credit to the players in that every aspect, whether it be defensively or ball retention. With us getting players back fit, the squad becoming stronger that we look like we’ve got an ability to mix it in different ways, hold our own and be competent in every aspect. Today we deserved more than the draw that we got.”
Salford failed to create many clear-cut opportunities. This is down to a solid performance from the defenders who helped to create a good base for the team to build on.
He said: “For the top scorers in the league, and I think they’ve one the most games apart from Solihull away from home, I didn’t feel at any stage that we were under pressure. In possession and out of possession we thought we looked strong. We had a real clarity in our approach and some of the movement and link play which created chances.”
The Shay saw a good crowd of 2115 which provided a great atmosphere for the game. Something Fullarton is pleased to see after some poorer performances in previous games.
He said: “I think you could see from some of the reactions of the crowd which was in abundance today, over 2000, was great to see. They went home reasonably pleased and I think 0-0 doesn’t do it justice. We had a 0-0 at home against Braintree which was not an advert for the National League. But today, I think it was a total contrast to that.”
Matty Kosylo was brought down just outside the penalty area to give Halifax a free kick. Whilst it appeared as though it could’ve gone either way, Fullarton will just be happy if the referee has made the correct decision.
He said: “I haven’t seen it yet. When it’s that close and you’re looking from the angle the referee was, it’s very difficult to see if it’s in or out. Where we were, it was also difficult to see it in live play. No doubt if you ask me in two days’ time, I’ll either be delighted if he’s got it right, because I genuinely hope that he’s got it correct because if not then he’s influenced the game today.”
In the past, decisions haven’t always gone in Halifax’s favour and Fullarton is hopeful that the decisions will even themselves out.
He said: “We’ve already had that at Wrexham and previously at Harrogate when we denied a clear penalty. Also last week with two clear goals disallowed for offside which we clearly not offside. We’re just hoping that irrelevant of the decision, we just demand and expect the referees to get the big decisions correct. In the games that I’ve mentioned, we’ve been punished so far. That big wheel turning that people mention, it evens itself out, well it doesn’t seem to be now. I hope he has got it right.”
Previously Town have been hampered by injuries have struggled due to the numbers out. Fullarton is confident going forward with most of the squad fit and ready to go.
He said: “I think it’s about two defeats in the last 13 or 14 games. Where we’re at is our performances, in those 14, I think seven or eight were against top six sides. I think we’ve shown and proved as we’re getting the squad back fit, competition for places is healthy. Resulting in a level of performances that gives us the best opportunity to win games so we’re looking forward to it.
Halifax have a break next week due to Maidstone’s involvement in the FA Trophy. This means the players have two weeks until the next game against Chesterfield. Fullarton believes this gives the players a chance to recover mentally after a lot of fixtures over the past month.
He said: “Obviously, we have a two week break so people ask the question ‘is it a good thing or a bad thing?’ There are advantages and disadvantages. The intensity and demand that we work at on a daily and weekly basis. The amount of games that we’ve had over a short period of time, which I think is 10 games in the last month or so. I think it sometimes enables us to have a mental break. The players showed today again, we’re pushing to try and win the game in the last couple of minutes against a team that’s vying for automatic promotion. From a physical aspect we’re in a good position now, with players coming back. Hopefully the mental break from listening to my Scottish tones everyday will refresh us and we’ll go again with Chesterfield away.”
Watch the full interview on Shaymen TV
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