Aspin admits Town didn’t hit the heights

Neil Aspin
Neil Aspin

Neil Aspin admitted it was a case of after the Lord Mayor’s show as FC Halifax Town were held to a 1-1 draw by Hereford at the Shay.

Town had demolished Grimsby 4-0 four days earlier but couldn’t replicate that scintillating performance as Hereford produced a dogged defensive display to leave the hosts frustrated.

The Town boss conceded his side were below-par, but was satisfied to take a point, which extends the club’s unbeaten home start to the season.

He said: “The game never reached the heights of Tuesday, there’s no question about that.

“It was a totally different game but sometimes when you get a draw, you take the point and move on to the next game.

“I’m not unduly disappointed. We know if we’re going to be successful our energy and tempo levels have to be really good, and I felt we looked a bit sluggish today, although it’s no fault of the players.

“But they’ve dug in, got back in the game after giving away a poor goal and sometimes you just have to take the point.

“Hereford picked a team that was more defensive rather than attacking and didn’t play the wide players they played the other night.

“It wasn’t a classic today but the very important thing is that we haven’t lost the game.”

Town skipper Danny Lowe was taken off at half-time after his error led to Hereford’s goal, but Aspin warned every member of his squad could find themselves in the same boat.

He said: “I thought Scott McManus is better going forward than Danny and I thought he could give us more from that position.

“John McReady also did well the other night and I thought he could get at their left-back.

“They’re substitutions to try and win the game.

“Nobody likes to be brought off, Danny’s the captain and I’ve a lot of respect for him but I will take anybody off if I think it will help win the game.

Lee Gregory made his first appearance for the Shaymen since being taken off with a broken hand against Souithport last month.

The Town boss said the striker will feel the benefit of the 73 minutes he was given against Hereford ahead of Tuesday’s trip to Kidderminster.

He said: “You’re faced with a decision as to whether to leave in Marcus, who’s done well, or bring in Lee.

“You want him back as quickly as possible to get to the pace of the game, and I think him playing today helps him for Tuesday.

“There was obviously a doubt with his hand but he’s shown that he’s recovered from that.

“But you do lose a bit of sharpness missing four or five games and we need him at his sharpest, so today will help him in that respect.”