FC Halifax Town manager Jamie Fullarton explained how his side “gifted” two goals to “the best strike partners in the business” as the Shaymen lost 2-0 against second-placed Tranmere Rovers, in the final game of the season at The Shay. However, the Shaymen boss did take some positives from the defeat.
“Obviously, Tranmere are second in the league for a reason, I think the two chances we gifted to them were executed very well by the best strike partners in the business” Fullarton contended to Shaymen TV.
“When they’re so clinical over the season, as the pairing have been, you can’t gift them the opportunities that we did.”
The strike-force of Andy Cook and James Norwood, who both scored in the game have been extremely fruitful for the Super White Army this season. Cook is the leagues to scorer with an impressive tally of 26 goals.
“There’s defining moments in the game, and there’s a reaction at half-time. But obviously, getting the penalty after 16 or 17 minutes, and then scoring it would’ve impacted us and hopefully have given us that but of momentum at that point and spur us on to win the game, but we never.”
The Shaymen were awarded a penalty in the second half, however Matty Kosylo saw his penalty saved.
Despite the result, Fullarton did seem to take some positives from the game: “You learn a lot from games such as today, in terms of players individually and collectively. If we’re looking to aspire to be higher than where we are at the moment in the league, then we’ve got to learn from it and learn quickly from today.”
“We’re looking for progression” cemented Fullarton.
“Everything that we do, every week, let alone for next season we’re looking to progress and be better. What’s important from today is to realise and appreciate certain aspects that we didn’t do well enough, hence why we didn’t win the game.”
Jamie Fullarton also expressed his delight at the Shaymen supporters since his arrival at the club. The 43 year-old enthused: “The fans have been fantastic! It’s important that we perform on the pitch to engage the fans.”
That was just Fullarton’s third defeat since becoming first team manager, but Fullarton was fairly modest and believed that it was the players who had turned the club’s fortunes around: “The players are responding to what’s been asked of them and I think you’ve got to give them great credit, from the position that they were in when I first came, to where they are now.”
“It’s not result we wanted for the last game at The Shay. We were miles off it in the first half, I think we improved a little bit in the second half but I think it was a fair result in the end” explained versatile defender Scott McManus who played the full 90 minutes.
McManus has adapted to numerous roles in the squad this season, but explained that: “At the end of the day, I just want to play football, so it doesn’t really matter where I play.”
The 28 year-old was also quick to praise Town supporters: “This is my eighth season here and it’s [support] been good throughout that time. I just can’t thank the supporters enough for it all!”
“Hopefully we can finish the season on a high with three points.”
Watch the full video on Shaymen TV, as well as the interview with Scott McManus.
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