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Salisbury: Need To Kick On

Posted by Kelly Gilchrist
Posted on Mon 6 Jan 2014
Posted in First Team

FC Halifax Town remain fifth in the league despite the side’s 2-0 defeat away at Tamworth. This result ends the Shaymen’s unbeaten run of form over the past five games but Matt Pearson is confident the side can bounce back.

The team remain on 42 points along with Barnet and Kidderminster, keeping their place in the play offs on goal difference.

Town had a poor first half but came out a lot stronger in the second, creating a string of opportunities but they were unable to notch a goal. Despite having plenty of chances, Pearson believes that it was the team’s performance in the first half and their defending which cost them the game.

“I think we had a poor first half as a team and I feel we should have reacted to the second balls quicker for their goals. We should come here and perform better as a team and I think everyone is let down as a whole so we just want to kick on to Tuesday.”

Dan Gardner completed his move to Chesterfield Town on the morning of the game and he was replaced by Reece Gray in the starting 11 which was unchanged from the 3-3 draw against Gateshead.

“Dan’s a great talent and everyone’s seen it. He’s going to be missed and I wish him all the best at Chesterfield but we have players who can come in and do jobs like Dan has done and I’m sure we’ll still score goals.”

The Shaymen will return home for their next game against 10th placed Salisbury. The Shay has been a fortress for the side this season with just the one defeat from 14 games which came against Woking in early December.

Last time the two sides met Salisbury came out as 3-1 winners so a win would be the ideal result to aid their promotion push.  

“We have a point to prove on Tuesday and it’s a chance for us to put three points on the board. We are looking to get to 50 points and more by the end of January and keep pushing up the table to be in with a shout. We’re all working hard and we’ve played a lot of games recently and Tuesday is another game where we look favourites so we got to dig deep and try and get the result.”

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