With FC Halifax Town avoiding relegation, Shaymen ‘keeper Sam Johnson maintains that the team are still fully focused on finishing the season strongly.
“It’s nice to finally get over the obstacle of staying up” stated Johnson. “We’ve been on a good recent run over the last few weeks and I think it’s important we continue that over the last two games and hopefully we can take some of that momentum into next season.”
The Shaymen are hosting Tranmere Rovers in their next fixture and the visitors are flying-high in second place in the league. The 25 year-old shot stopper explained how in the past that previous encounters with the visitors have been “difficult”, but he revealed how Town would aim to clench a good result: “We’re going to have to defend very well throughout the game, but we’ve shown we can score and beat teams higher up in the league just like Sutton and Boreham Wood.”
He enthused: “There’s no reason we can’t do that again!”
The Shaymen have suffered a 3-1 defeat in the FA Cup in addition to a 4-2 loss in the league at the hands of Tranmere this season, but Johnson was level-headed on how he viewed the opponents. “I wouldn’t say we need to go out and get revenge. We go in to every game thinking we can win and it’ll be the same this weekend”, he contended.
“I think it’ll show how far we’ve come in the last few weeks from when we played them last time and they’re a big team, so I’m sure everyone will be up for it.”
Johnson was also quick to praise first team manager Jamie Fullarton on the impact he has made since his arrival at the club in February following the departure of Billy Heath.
“I think the manager has come in and given us the belief that we can go and beat anyone. Confidence is a massive thing in football and when you get a couple of good results it’s important to keep that going.”
Before Fullarton’s departure after Town’s 2-1 loss to Leyton Orient, the Shaymen had enjoyed just nine victories all season and had dropped to 19th place with the relegation zone looming. Now Fullarton’s side are officially safe in 15th place, with a tally of 54 points.
“He’s give us a good platform to go and play from and making sure everyone is aware of their jobs. I think that’s showing as we haven’t conceded too many since he’s come in addition to how many goals we’re scoring late on, which wasn’t the case earlier in the season.”
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