defender Ryan Toulson admitted that the final score looked bad, but it hid the fact that the Town players gave their all against Charlton in yesterday’s FA Cup first round clash.
The Addicks eventually won the tie 4-0, but three of their goals came in the final 10 minutes of the game up to which point the Shaymen had been pressing for an equaliser.
“The scoreline looks bad but the players did ever so well,” he said.
“We stayed in the game and even when they got the goal we looked at ourselves and said we had a chance.
“I thought we started the second half well and had chances, but the second goal killed us.
“I felt we could have had a goal before that with the Jamie Rainford shot and the Jason St Juste cross which Lee Gregory only just missed.”
Town might have been forgiven for letting their heads drop after conceding the opening goal of the game just five minutes before half time.
But nothing could have been further from the truth.
“We dug in, got ourselves together and showed everyone what we can do,” he said.
“If you are willing to do that, you never know what can happen.”
Despite the defeat, Toulson believes that Town can build on a performance which saw them match Charlton for long periods.
“It gives us a lot of confidence because we have played a League One outfit who are flying in their league,” he said.
“We have come up against a great team and we have done really well.”
Town’s next big test is a slightly lower key, but potentially more important, rearranged date with Solihull Moors in Blue Square bet North at the Shay on Wednesday evening.
“We have to bounce back,” said Toulson.
“Our main target is the league and we need to get promotion.
“We are aiming to get in the play offs and Solihull on Wednesday gives us a chance to get straight back into league action and get a good result.”