Aspin disappointed as Town draw rare blank

Neil Aspin
Neil Aspin

Neil Aspin was left wanting more from his side as FC Halifax Town were held to a 0-0 draw by Stalybridge.

Town were the better side for most of the game but failed to break down a stubborn Celtic outfit.

While the Shaymen boss praised his defenders for their second consecutive clean sheet, he wants to see more from his team going forward.

He said: “All in all we need to play better if we’re going to progress. We’ll take a point and it keeps our points total ticking over but we need to be taking as many three points as we can.

“I expect us to create more chances, especially with the personnel we’ve got.

“I’m disappointed we haven’t won the game but so many times you see a team with the amount of possession we had get caught on the break so I’d like to give credit to the two centre-halves.

“It’s another clean sheet and we have to take that as a positive.

“I thought they played really well and were alert to any counter-attacks Stalybridge had.

“But it’s then up to us to break the opposition down and I don’t think we had enough in terms of shots at goal.

“It’s not very often we don’t score and we had a chance right at the end which went across the goal - on another day that goes in.”

Aspin was impressed by his opponents and said they made it difficult for Town to gain the advantage.

“Stalybridge deserve credit for the way they defended, they made it difficult for us.

“Obviously we didn’t expect them to let us come out and pass the ball around and there was very little space in behind.

“They were tough to break down but with number of set pieces and amount of possession we had we did enough to win the game. But we didn’t test the keeper enough.”

More than 1,000 fans turned up for the game at Rochdale, with The Shay pitch deemed too unreliable to stage the match earlier in the week.

Aspin praised the welcome the club received at Spotland and the support from the fans travelling from West Yorkshire.

He said: “I came down and had a look at the pitch a couple of weeks ago and people were very friendly here.

“Credit to Rochdale, they’ve treated us exceptionally well and been very hospitable.

“We’re grateful for that and it’s also a fantastic turnout for our own supporters to come and support the team. we didn’t want to move from our home ground but they’ve backed us really well but I’m disappointed for them that we couldn’t get a goal for them.

“It doesn’t really matter if we’re home or away, we need to try and win the game. we don’t set up any differently or tell the players anything different because it’s a different pitch, we need to play to our strengths and win games.”

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