Aspin’s praise for match-winner Robbo

Neil Aspin
Neil Aspin

Neil Aspin praised match-winner Marc Roberts after the defender’s header saw off Forest Green Rovers 1-0 at the Shay.

Roberts’ third goal of the season edged a tight game and handed Town back-to-back wins after their 2-1 victory at Dartford.

The win also exacted revenge on Rovers after their last-ditch victory against Town earlier in the season when they scored twice in stoppage time.

The Town boss said Roberts’ performance was typical of his outstanding season so far, but warned the centre-back may have to be carefully guided throught the busy Christmas period as he continues to recover from injury.

Aspin said: “We were grateful for his performance today, I thought he was excellent.

“He’s done tremendously well this season. He’s moved up a couple of leagues and is still learning the game but he’s been a rock at the back and certainly a threat at the other end.

“Obviously with his long-throws as well, he gives us an added dimension.

“He’s not training at the moment, he’s just getting through games and obviously you can’t expect him to be able to play Saturday, Thursday, Saturday, Wednesday, which is the run we have at Christmas, so we’re going to have to see what we can do.

“But there’s no way he’ll be able to play all the games.”

Rovers came close to equalising after the restart but were hampered in their attempts to take a share of the spoils when midfielder Paul Green was shown a straight red card by referee Ross Joyce.

Aspin thought the referee made the wrong call with that decision and would like to see greater leniency from officials in general.

He said: “I thought it was harsh. I think we’ve had a lot of sendings-off this year and I think they were all harsh.

“I’m not keen to see players get sent-off unless it’s for something violent or something stupid.

“I felt it was harsh but I thought the referee had a good game.”

Town supporters vocalised their support for Aspin throughout the second-half as Halifax sought to preserve their slender lead, in contrast to the sourer atmosphere during the 4-3 defeat against Woking two weeks ago.

Aspin defended his side’s home record this season and praised the majority of Town supporters for their backing.

He said: “We’ve had 13 games at home as a part-time team and we’ve won 10, so if people are not satisfied then I don’t really know what they expect.

“If I’d won 10 out of 13 a few league below it would still be a good record so I don’t have to justify what I’m doing at the club.

“But you can’t please everyone, that’s how football is. One week you’re a good manager and then if you lose people want to give you stick.

“But since I’ve been manager I’ve had really good support from the club home and away.”