Billy Heath felt his side couldn’t have shown any more desire following the luckless 3-2 defeat away to Sutton this weekend.
Halifax twice managed to cut the deficit of two goals to get back into the game but just couldn’t do enough to clinch a draw however the manager was proud of his players’ fight and desire and felt that his side deserved something from the game.
“It’s a difficult one because and I’ve just said to the players in the changing room, physically they can’t give us anymore. Desire wise, they can’t give us anymore. They’re giving everything they can.”
“But it’s just key moments. We’re disappointed because if you come away from home and you score two goals, it should be enough to get something.”
Halifax played well for the majority of the game and really put pressure on this Sutton side who were 4th in the league before this fixture and hadn’t lost since September. Many have placed this down to the advantage that having a 3G pitch gives to Sutton however Heath waved away these suggestions.
“Obviously it’s a big positive, it’s a big advantage to Sutton because they play on this every single week but no I thought we coped really well on it. A couple of times it caught us out because it skidded across it a little bit but I thought we deserved something from the game.”
It was always going to be a difficult game given the nature and ability of the Sutton United side however the gaffer believes his side dealt with the physical aspect of the game really well.
“We gave as good as we got, it was a physical game, they’re a big strong powerful side and I thought physically we handled them very, very well but like I say we just made some poor choices at times and it’s disappointing that we conceded three goals.”
The Shaymen’s work rate and determination has always been highly praised by Heath and it was no different following this fixture, with the manager full of praise for the way his team worked and the effort they put in, regardless of the result.
“The spirit of this side is never in question. I’ve said this you know some times you look and maybe think at times that quality wise but the spirit and the desire is never in question. There has not been a game since I’ve been here really that that has ever been called.”
Halifax haven’t won in nine following this result and it almost feels as though many things are going against the Shaymen at the minute but Heath knows his squad will be able to dust themselves off and go again on Tuesday.
““Yes we’ve played poorly at times but it’s never in question that they’ll give you everything and again today they’ve gave everything they possibly can but we’re just making mistakes in the key areas and at key times.”
“We’ve missed the penalty on top of that as well but like I say that’s us at the minute, we’re working ever so hard, the players are working so hard for each other and for everybody but we’re just not getting the results at the minute.”
“We’ve got to patch ourselves up, see what we’ve got for Tuesday and see who’s available.”
A tough result for Town whose winless run continues however there are definitely some positives to take from the game considering the lads held their own for the most part of the game and were unfortunate not to get something from the game, especially considering they scored two goals.
“But like I say if you come away from home and you score two goals you should be able to get something from the game but the players have gave everything again just mistakes at poor times and poor choices but like I say they’re still fighting, still keep giving everything and that’s the main thing.”
The side will look ahead now to Tuesday where they face another tough away game in the form of Hartlepool and will be hoping they can turn their spirit and physicality into a win. To watch the whole interview from Heath, or for more post match reaction from goal scorer Tom Denton and midfielder Connor Oliver, head over to Shaymen TV.
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