Harrogate 0-2 FC Halifax Town: We deserved the win, says Heath

15 October 2016....... Harrogate Town v Halifax Town, FA Cup 4th qualifying round.
Halifax boss Billy Heath.  Picture Tony Johnson.

15 October 2016....... Harrogate Town v Halifax Town, FA Cup 4th qualifying round. Halifax boss Billy Heath. Picture Tony Johnson.

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Town boss Billy Heath said his team deserved their place in the FA Cup first round after their 2-0 win at Harrogate.

Second-half goals from Jordan Sinnott and Jake Hibbs sealed Halifax’s fifth win in a row and condemned Harrogate to their first home defeat of the season.

“I think we deserved to win the game,” said Heath. “I don’t think anybody watching the game could deny we were the better team.

“It was tough at times. It’s difficult to play here - it’s a whole new surface compared to grass.

“But I thought we were tremendous.”

Heath said his team upped their game in the second-half after a tight first 45 minutes.

“Both sides had one chance really (in the first-half), it was very tight,” he said.

“But second-half we upped it a little bit. Had a great chance in the first minute of the second-half through Richard Peniket.

“The first goal was always going to be massive for either side and we got it.

“Yes they pushed at the end and they’ve got to, the formation went out of the window and they had five or six men up-front.

“It was another great finish from Hibbs (Jake Hibbs) that put the game to bed.

“I think the whole team were shouting for him to put the ball in the corner, but he went for goal and it’s a fantastic finish.”

Heath defended his decision to drop leading scorer Tom Denton to the bench for the first time this season.

“When you play on this stuff (Harrogate’s 3G pitch), you need to have mobile, quick players.

“Dents has other qualities which we all know. He’s been fantastic for us and he’ll continue to be, but sometimes you have to make choices and that’s what we did.

“If it had gone wrong people might have said it’s a big call, leaving your top-scorer out, but it’s horses for courses.

“This isn’t Dents’ surface. I’m not sure if it’s anyone’s surface. But at the end of the day we won the game.”