Gregory focused on Town after deadline day drama

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Lee Gregory is focusing on firing Town into the play-offs after a ‘manic’ transfer deadline day.

Town turned down a bid for Gregory from an unnamed club, believed to be Crawley, which Neil Aspin described as ‘laughable’.

Scouts from Football League clubs were again in the stands at the Shay on Tuesday night to see Gregory record his second hat-trick of the season in Town’s 5-1 win over Salisbury.

But Gregory insists he is focused solely on maintaining his red-hot form for the Shaymen.

He said: “I’ve put it behind me now, it’s gone. I’m a Halifax player so I’m just getting on with playing for the club.

“It’s very flattering to be linked with all these clubs and it was a bit manic on deadline day, the phone was ringing off the hook, but it’s irrelevant now.

“I’m going to knuckle down now and do my best to get us into the play-offs.”

Gregory has now scored 22 goals this season, including an extraordinary return of 20 from just 24 league appearances.

Gregory, whose prolific season has seen him become the top scorer in the Skrill Premier as well as at the Shay, extended his record of finding the net in consecutive home games to eight against Salisbury.

His hat-trick in midweek made it nine goals in his last eight games and took him to within four goals of his entire total from last term.

Gregory credits those around him for his astonishing record this season and reckons there’s more where that came from.

He said: “Hopefully I can keep it going. I’ve just got take it in my stride really because if I let it get to my head then I’ll start not performing.

“I can always do better though and there’s always room for improvement.

“I’ve been getting really good service, Adam (Smith) puts so many crosses into the box which makes it easier for me.

“I don’t think I’ve improved as such it’s just that I’ve got better players around me, feeding me more service.

“And it makes it easier for me when there are players around me working hard.

“I’m fortunate that I’m the one up top that gets all the glory.

“The way I’m firing them in at the minute I’ve got an inkling that I’m going to score when I get a chance.

“But I’ve just got to take each game as it comes.”

Town fans paid their own tribute to Gregory on Tuesday night with a chorus of ‘You’re not Lee Gregory’ to any Salisbury player who happened to shoot off target.

“That was funny - it made me smile on the pitch,” he said.

“It’s a good laugh and it gives me a little boost, so they should keep doing it.

“I’ve got a good relationship with the fans, they’re brilliant, and hopefully I can carry on scoring goals for them.”