FC Halifax Town battled it out to gain a point away from home to fellow strong starters Sutton United. The official website spoke with manager Jamie Fullarton after the game on what he sees as a “good point”.
“Obviously a draw today against one of the chasing pack away from home on a different surface and a team that has only lost one game this season whilst it’s a good point, the standards that we set and the how the game panned out and probably the Scottish character that I am we are a little bit disappointed when we probably shouldn’t be.”
Ben Tomlinson went off midway through the first half being replaced by Jonathan Edwards and we asked Jamie how this changed this game plan losing a key player so early on within the game and being forced into making an early substitution.
“We talk regularly about the group and we look at the group, and its great credit because Ben’s (Tomlinson) been very influential throughout, last season when I first came in and this season. The fact that it didn’t impact or affect what we were doing and how we were going to play, shows the strength of the group and that’s a pleasing aspect and we are very disappointing to lose any player to an injury, especially Ben after the way has been performing.”
Playing on AstroTurf today at Sutton’s Gander Green Lane stadium always affects how teams set up and play, sometimes changing styles but Fullarton describes how key managing games and conditions help set his team.
“It always does, and we talk about conditions and managing games, when its 35 degrees and you’re playing on a surface that isn’t accustomed to playing and training on it has an impact and effect and that’s what we talk about when managing games. So whether it is managing the surface, the condition’s, or whether its wind, hail, sleet, snow which is more north of the border than opposed to down here, it’s about managing that , and I thought the players responded really well to those because you’re playing a team that is used to playing on this surface and had great success not only just the way they’ve started this season but last season they finished 3rd and before that two promotions and a good FA cup run. So, you’ve got to give credit to the opposition and I think that it adds more credit to our players for how they’ve been able to manage the game and compete creating the better chances throughout.”
Town face another tough away game against now league leaders Wrexham who at the start of the game fell a point short of table toppers FC Halifax Town, on Tuesday Evening at The Racecourse Ground, across the welsh border and the manager explain how he expects as always, a win from his side.
“Every games a big game because I’m an intense character in case you haven’t gathered that, I do have a quip now and then but not often, so therefore every game we play is a big game because our mantra is to try win every game whether that’s Sutton away who finished 3rd last year, Wrexham away, who are sitting behind us a point adrift. These are great games to go play and funnily enough in brute leagues you have to play teams both home and away throughout so when you play them, and if you pay them at the beginning, middle or end you still got to play them.”
With the games coming thick and fast for The Shaymen, after two long away trips to London in Boreham Wood and today at Sutton either side of Bank Holiday Mondays victory against Gateshead, the Shaymen boss express’s the importance of the preparations going into the upcoming games.
“That’s the league and we don’t play victim ever, what we do is make sure we prep and organise to make sure there is less impact on how we are ready to perform on a Saturday, on a Tuesday, on a Saturday, on a Monday, on a Saturday, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, whatever the league throws at us it’s a mentality. I think the group have shown last season and ongoing this year that we have a culture at the football club which results in picking up a point in a very difficult game away from home and sets us up against yet again a tough task but sets us up for a great opportunity on Tuesday away to Wrexham.”
Town have had a few unfortunate injuries this campaign albeit one month in and Jamie gives some insight on the developments in the physio room.
“Obviously Ben’s gone off and being a bit of an amateur expert if you want to call that, a bit of a play on words, with the injury history I had as a player, I never liked to commit or comment on injuries this early because you never know. Obviously on this surface he felt he jarred his knee, but ask me again 48, 72 hours I probably won’t answer it again. Josh (Staunton) has started doing some work coming back but is still feeling some pain and that’s why he’s missing but we are doing everything possible off the field to get all players back fit and what does that do? Gives the manager difficult decisions to make and apparently that’s what I’m paid for, but I do look forward to that luxury of having a full fit squad and having to go and pick the team to go win us the game.”
Another point for the Shaymen and onto Tuesdays away fixture against league leaders Wrexham. You can watch Jamie Fullarton’s full interview with ShaymenTV here.
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