FC Halifax Town’s Nathan Hotte admits his side’s performance against Torquay United was below their benchmark.
The Shaymen limped to a 1-0 defeat at Plainmoor, with a second half strike from Jamie Reid separating the two teams.
Despite the result however, Halifax’s place in the Vanarama National League next season has been confirmed following the fixture.
‘To be honest, we weren’t good enough,’ Hotte confessed following the loss.
‘We’ve set the standards in the last few games and we wanted to go undefeated until the end of the season.
‘We gave away a soft goal away which has seen us losing the game.
‘We’re disappointed to lose the game, but that’s put us mathematically safe so job done I suppose.’
The game was Jamie Fullarton and his men’s 4th in 7 days following outings against Dagenham & Redbridge, Sutton United and Gateshead in less than a week.
Hotte acknowledge that fatigue from a gruelling schedule played a part in the side’s performance.
‘There were a lot of tired legs,’ he said.
‘It has been a hard week, obviously we can’t use that as an excuse, but we didn’t turn up today and do what we’ve been doing in the last few games.
‘We didn’t really get going at any point in the game.’
There were several talking points throughout the encounter.
Not long after the home side took the lead, Ben Tomlinson made matters worse by picking up his second yellow card of the game.
The referee received some words from the Halifax players during and after the game but Hotte, who was one of them, was quick to acknowledge how difficult the official’s job is.
‘The referee made a few strange decisions and obviously people get frustrated but it’s a hard job,’ he sympathised.
‘I don’t think [the red card] made much difference to be honest, like I said, there were a few tired legs.’
The players can now enjoy a proper rest before their next match, when they take on Tranmere Rovers, who are looking to remain in contention for automatic promotion.
Despite the loss today, Hotte remains confident that he and his team mates are ready to take on the Merseyside outfit.
‘Hopefully we’ll be nice and fresh for next Saturday,’ he claimed.
‘We’ve got a big game against Tranmere and we’re still looking to win games, so we need to be better than we were today and hopefully pick it up next week.
‘We’re looking to go unbeaten for the rest of the season, so we’re wanted to get 2 wins in the last 2 games.’
Watch the full interview on Shaymen TV right now.
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