Our defending wasn’t good enough, admits Nogan after Eastleigh defeat

Eastleigh v FC Halifax, Vanarama Conference Premier football, Saturday 11th October 2014. Jai Reason gets brought down
Eastleigh v FC Halifax, Vanarama Conference Premier football, Saturday 11th October 2014. Jai Reason gets brought down
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Town’s assistant manager Lee Nogan admitted the Shaymen weren’t good enough defensively as they crashed to a 4-1 defeat at Eastleigh.

Halifax suffered their heaviest defeat of the season on Saturday, despite taking the lead through Scott Boden’s 16th minute penalty.

Town conceded four goals for the first time since their 4-3 loss to Woking last December and slipped to fifth in the Conference.

Nogan said the whole team needed to take responsibility for the heavy defeat.

He said: “It was obviously a perfect start for us going 1-0 ahead.

“The first goal, especially away from home, is vital.

“But it’s not panned out that way because we were poor in the second-half, especially defensively.

“That’s not just the defenders, that’s all through the team.

“Everyone’s got to take the brunt of that because we’ve not done enough.

“They’ve not earned their goals, we’ve given them their goals, that’s the most disappointing factor.

“We’ve been solid apart from the last three games. Before that we were looking really solid.

“But we were all over the place, so that’s disappointing.”

Captain Marc Roberts missed the game after being sent-off against Wrexham last week, but Nogan said the result didn’t hinge on the absence of the Town skipper.

He said: “You shouldn’t miss one player, not for all the goals we conceded. It’s not down to that.

“We just seemed to switch off in certain places and we said that to the players beforehand.

“No matter how badly you play, you’ve got to stick with it, even when you’re playing poorly, you’ve got to keep your shape and make it hard for the opposition.

“They’ve not opened us up at all today, that’s the disappointing thing.”

Nogan also played down the significance of Danny Hattersley’s glaring miss with Town trailing 2-1, and wants to see a reaction from the squad when they face Kidderminster on Saturday.

He added: “At 2-1 we’ve had a great chance to make it 2-2. Goals change games but I don’t know if it would’ve done today because we were poor in our defending.

“And that’s all over the park, not just from the defenders, but the midfielders, forwards - they’ve got to stand up as well.

“And going forward we’ve not done enough as well.

“It’s disappointing when you lose but the manner in which we’ve lost is not good enough.

“We have to regroup, the players have to show a bit of character now.

“It’s going to be hard to choose the next 11 because on today’s performance you’re thinking there’s only three or four players you could say would definitely play.

“But we haven’t got a big squad so they’ve got to take it on the chin.

“There’s a lot been said in the dressing room.

“We need a response like the Wrexham game in our next home game.

“We’re in a little bit of a rut and the only way you’re going to get out of it is by sticking together, which the players will do, and they’ve got to show a bit more.”