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Stockport County: We Deserved Three Points

Posted by Kelly Gilchrist
Posted on Sun 29 Jan 2017
Posted in First Team

FC Halifax Town boss Billy Heath believes that his side were very unfortunate not to get the three points in what was a scrappy 0-0 draw at home to Stockport County.

Town were reduced to creating most their chances in the second half after a solid defensive display from The Hatters. However, not one of them could find its way into the back of the net.  

Although, despite this, Heath believes that his side were the better of the two overall and three points would have been deserved.

“It was a bit of a scrappy first half, obviously both sets of players knew what was at stake but I think they edged it.

“There was only one team in it in the second half, they have not had a shot on goal, not one. In the second 45 minutes, they probably only had ten or fifteen minutes of the half, there was only one team pushing for the win. Unfortunately, we could not take one of the chances.

“We created some good opportunities but we were not able to take one.

“At the end of the day, really we deserved three points. It is tough and others might say different but I do think we deserved the three points. Sometimes you do not get what you deserve”.

At some points, it was as if the ball was never able to go in, although that was not through a lack of trying. The Shaymen were resilient in their second half pressure, and Heath could only factor the zero-score line down to some poor, on-pitch decisions.

“A lot of the time we were cancelling each other out, there was not a fluidity to both teams really. We were not as good on the football as we wanted to be, it was nothing like we were last week after being 2-0 down.

“We kept pushing and pushing, with some better choices we could have won the game”.

One of the best chances of the game came from the in-form Matty Kosylo. In recent weeks, Kosylo has been outstanding in his play and this showed again as his lifted attempt fell just shy of the post, agonising for the Shaymen faithful.

Despite this, Heath was quick to praise the overall quality that Kosylo has shown in the last few games.

“‘Morgs’ has done ever so well, he has drawn the lad then the weight of the pass was fantastic. ‘Kozzy’s’ had a great first touch and I do not think anyone in the stadium could believe it when it went behind the far post, but that is what happens sometimes. He is the man in form for us at the minute and he played very well”.

Despite some close efforts from the likes of Kosylo and Adam Morgan’s 30-yard free kick, The Shaymen were made to settle for a point at The Shay. Some may have wanted another win, but Heath believes that the draw can still add to his side’s current positive run of form.

“It was a competitive first half but I think from the second half we definitely deserved to win the game. In the last four fixtures, we have had three wins and a draw, I think we would have been pleased with that before we set off on that four-game period.

“Do not get me wrong, it would have been great to get another three which is what we set out to do, but the haul of points from those four games has been good”.

You can see the full interview with Heath along with post-match reaction from Kevin Roberts and Josh Wilde Shaymen Player HD.



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