FC Halifax Town: Harvey’s plan is paying off, says Brown

Matty Brown closes down Altrincham's Damian Reeves during Town's 3-1 win at Moss Lane earlier this season. Picture by Michael Ripley.
Matty Brown closes down Altrincham's Damian Reeves during Town's 3-1 win at Moss Lane earlier this season. Picture by Michael Ripley.

Defender Matty Brown believes FC Halifax Town are now getting the basics right under Jim Harvey.

The Shaymen are yet to be beaten since Harvey took over from Darren Kelly in November, and have conceded just five goals in his seven matches in charge compared to the 24 they let in during Kelly’s final seven games as manager.

Brown admits Town have adopted a more pragmatic approach under Harvey, often playing a back-five, but says the plan is working.

“If you look at the start of the season, we weren’t doing the basics,” he said.

“You’ve got to earn the right to play, especially in this league where it’s really physical.

“I think we’ve set-up a bit more defensive to start with and looked to hit teams on the break.

“In the past two games it’s like we’re setting traps for teams and we open them up.

“Teams will probably start getting wise to us but it’s down to us to adjust again.

“As long as we keep picking the points up we’re happy.”

Halifax have won five of their seven games with Harvey at the helm in comparison to winning only once in their seven games before then.

Despite that, Brown says their upturn in fortunes hasn’t been entirely unexpected.

“It’s not a surprise. I don’t think many people would have expected it but we know what we’ve got in our dressing room,” he said.

“We’ve got top quality players but for whatever reason we’ve not been showing it and we’ve been letting ourselves down.

“I think now you’re starting to see it so it’s good but it’s no great surprise.”

Brown is calling for Town not to get carried away by their impressive recent form, and is keen to avoid complacency creeping in.

“Ever since Jim’s come in we haven’t been beaten so we’re just looking forward to each game now,” Brown added.

“We’re on a great run at the moment and we don’t want it to stop.

“We’re doing well but we’ve got to keep our feet on the ground, keep working hard and remember the things we’re doing right because it’s working for us at the moment.

“We need to get ourselves out of that relegation battle and start looking up the table.”