Grimsby draw is a point gained, says Aspin

Neil Aspin
Neil Aspin

Neil Aspin says it was a point gained after FC Halifax Town drew 1-1 with Grimsby to preserve their unbeaten home record.

Paul Marshall’s early free-kick was cancelled out by Scott Neilson’s equaliser during a first-half dominated by the visitors.

But Town produced a much better performance after the interval to take a deserved share of the spils.

Aspin said: “I’d give credit to Grimsby. They responded excellently to going a goal behind and played really good football.

“They passed it through the midfield very well, they had a threat up-front with Neilson, who was very good in the first-half.

“We struggled to get to grips with them in that first-half.

“We responded very well in the second-half.

“Sometimes you’re disappointed with a draw at home but I that’s more of a point gained than points lost.

“It was a stern test and we needed to respond well in the second-half and I felt we did that.”

Marshall’s free-kick was his first goal since March, and Aspin praised the midfielder for his start to the season.

He said: “It’s nice that Marshy’s got a goal because he’s somebody that doesn’t get a lot of praise.

“But I think this season he’s been our best player in midfield.

“He’s worked exceptionally hard to get himself fitter and now he wins tackles, he works up and down.

“As well as his passing he does a lot of good things for the team and he’s been a bit of an unsung hero.

“I did him a dis-service when he stepped up to take it because I said we could do with borrowing Angel Di Maria after his free-kick on Saturday when he bent it in.

“But he made me eat my words putting it in the corner.

“I’m pleased for Marshy, it’s a good free-kick and that’s one of the things that’s been missing from midfield is that we haven’t scored goals from midfield.”

Aspin was unhappy that Grimsby’s goal was given after claiming there was a handball in the build-up.

“I’ve got no complaints with the score being 1-1 at half-time because Grimsby did deserve it,” he said.

“But again, if you’re talking about decisions going against us, there’s a clear handball for the goal.

“You’re just thinking it’s meant to even itself out but when are we going to get a decision that goes in our favour?

“We’re certainly not getting them at the moment and they’ve all been big decisions that have cost us goals.

“But that’s not taking anything away from Grimsby because they certainly deserved that.”

Lois Maynard is expected to be available for Saturday’s home game with Telford, but James Bolton could be a doubt after also limping off against Grimsby.

Aspin added: “Lois got a bang on his hip so you’d expect that to settle down, but James Bolton is a bit more worrying because it seemed to be a pull on his left thigh so we’ll have to see how that is.

“It’s a concern to get any injuries because we haven’t got a massive squad and losing two players in the first-half isn’t really what you want.”