Following FC Halifax Town’s narrow 1-0 defeat away at Yeovil, manager Chris Millington spoke to Shaymen TV to give his thoughts on the game.
“I’m really disappointed,” Millington said. “It’s the story of the game that we’ve been comfortable for an away performance. It’s one where you come away and you feel like you deserve a result. We’ve not been brilliant in any moment of the game, we’ve not been outstanding but we’ve been good throughout. We have created chances, we have defended our box well and I just feel disappointed for the fans and the lads that we’ve not come away with anything.”
Town had shaded the first half and created the better chances, however it was the hosts who took the lead thanks to Matt Worthington’s penalty.
“I didn’t see it clearly but I was surprised it was a penalty,” Millington told Shaymen TV. “I’ve not seen it clearly but the lads are also surprised it was a penalty. Of course there is contact and people have got hands on each other because that is what happens at set-pieces. In all my years, I’ve never seen a penalty given so softly off a set-piece. We’ve certainly never had one and our players get manhandled in the box every week. So, I was disappointed that was given and I’ll be interested to see if the referee stands by that decision.”
Town piled on the pressure late on in search of an equaliser, helped with the sending off of Yeovil’s goal scorer, however the Shaymen just couldn’t find the back of the net.
“We knew coming into this game what Yeovil do and they do it well,” Millington said. “Mark Cooper’s an excellent manager, he’s come into a group of players and he’s trying to turn them into a winning team. Part of that is making sure they don’t concede goals, so we knew they would be organised, we knew they’d work hard, that they’d put their bodies on the line and they did that and they are doing that extremely well. If they can do that consistently enough then the luck starts to turn, and we’re testament to that. We knew what to expect of Yeovil and we got exactly that, but the lesson is we’ve got to be a lot more clinical in front of goal. We’ve probably created as many chances as we have in any game this season, but we’ve not been clinical enough. There weren’t many clear cut chances, we weren’t having them cleared off the line, but we have created enough to win the game and we should have done.”
Up next for the Shaymen sees the visit of Chesterfield and Millington is hoping to bounce back from this disappointment with an improved performance and all three points.
“It’s a huge game for us,” Millington told Shaymen TV. “We’ve got to process this loss first. We’re really grateful for the travelling support, they were behind us today, and hopefully they will have the same opinion as me that we were unfortunate to not get something out of the game, at least a draw, so we’re very thankful for the support. We go back to the Shay now and we’ve got to put it right. This was an incredibly disappointing result, so we’ve just got to process it, go through our usual process and we’ve now got a good weeks worth of work ahead of us to prepare for Chesterfield.”
Watch the full interview on Shaymen TV.
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