Embarrassing home defeat for Shaymen

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Neil Aspin’s reign at the Shay reached a low point as he watched his Town side crash 5-1 to 10-man Vauxhall Motors.

And seven days after throwing away a two-goal lead at Hinckley, the Halifax boss admitted he was embarrassed by his side’s latest display against a side that played a man short for 75 minutes following the first half dismissal of John Bennett.

“It is different in the respect that at Hinckley we should have won the game but on Saturday we deserved to lose the game,” he said.

“It is no different in that I feel embarrassed and very hurt again for the second week running.

“But this was on a different scale because it was just a catalogue of errors and we got what we deserved which was a heavy defeat.”

Aspin ditched three at the back as he looked to change the team’s fortunes following defeat the previous week.

But he insisted that Saturday’s drubbing had nothing to do with way he had sent the team out.

“It is not about formations,” he said. “We have played different formations and it is about the players - 11 against 11 - or 11 against 10.

“It is about coming out on top against the player you are against and if you can’t win that battle you are in trouble.

“On Saturday Vauxhall won all the battles across the pitch and were full value for the win.”

Bennett’s red card came with the visitors one-up and should have given the Shaymen a route back into the game.

But Motors scored twice more before the break and bagged a fourth two minutes after a James Dean strike had briefly promised a fightback.

“It should have been the way back and at the time I thought we would get back,” he said. “To give them two more goals just before half time killed it.

“We had to start the second half well to get back into the game and we got the goal.

“It gave us a chance but we conceded the fourth goal and you could see that drained everything out of us.

“You could have blown the final whistle then and put everyone out of their misery.”

Aspin now faces two tough away games - at high flying Guiseley tomorrow and his former club Harrogate Town next Saturday - as he looks to turn things around.

“It is my responsibility as manager,” he said. “I am in charge and I am not going to blame the players - there are no excuses.

“It is the most difficult time since I have been here.

“But football is not easy and sometimes you reach a low point and have to build - hopefully that was Saturday.

“It is not going to get easier unless we stop giving goals away and at the moment every time the opposition attacks we look like we will concede.

“We have to make changes but trying to get an experienced head, which is what we probably need at the moment, is not easy.”

The Town fans were unimpressed by what they saw and showed their frustrations - something Aspin said he understood completely.

“I understand it totally,” he said. “If I’d have been a supporter I would have had a go myself.

“You need to get results and if you get heavily beaten you expect to get stick.

“I don’t feel sorry for myself - when you lose 5-1 at home you deserve to get stick.

“It can be turned round - it has to be turned round - and I would say the players need to take more responsibility.

“The drawback of having young players at a big club is that they have to handle it.”