Town boss bemoans bad luck after Hereford defeat

Neil Aspin
Neil Aspin

Neil Aspin says his FC Halifax Town side aren’t getting any luck after seeing his injury problems mount in the 3-2 defeat at Hereford.

Defenders Marc Roberts and Danny Lowe were both forced off in the first-half, with winger Adam Smith also picking up a knock after the interval to add to absentees Lee Gregory and Ryan Toulson and the suspended Simon Ainge.

As a result, it was a patched-up Town side that ultimately succumbed to the Bulls’ second-half comeback, but Aspin’s side produced a battling performance in adversity as their winless away run extended to 10 league games.

Young loanees Archie Love, Joe Ironside and Sam Patterson all impressed as Town ended the game without half-a-dozen first-team players, and Aspin said he sympathised for his much-changed line-up.

He said: “Obviously Hereford are a big team and you need some height yourselves and we knew that if anything, that’s where they might cause us a problem.

“To lose Marc Roberts and Simon Ainge, then Danny Lowe - it’s really bad luck.

“Obviously when you keep losing away from home it’s not just about luck but you’d have to say we’re not getting any luck.

“To then be playing a game without Lee Gregory, Simon Ainge, Marc Roberts and Danny Lowe and then Adam Smith getting a knock as well - it’s hard to cope without five players but the lads who came in did a really good job.

“I really feel for them tonight, they deserved something from the game.”

Aspin said his bad luck extended to the official’s performance too, with the Town boss’ frustration aimed at the referee rather than his players.

He said: “It’s only disappointing in respect of the result, not the atiitude, committment and the desire of the players, who I thought were excellent tonight.

“All three goals against us were contentious. The first one shouldn’t have been a free-kick, the second one was debatable whether it was over the line and our right-back’s been pushed in the third goal so I’m not happy at all about the decisions that have gone against us.

“To get one decision wrong you might accept but to get three wrong is very poor.”

The Shay chief hinted at further reinforcements coming into the club ahead of this week’s loan deadline after Patterson’s arrival from Barnsley yesterday.

He also called on Town supporters to show their support for his injury-hit squad.

He said: “Now is the time where the Halifax supporters have to get behind the team because they need some help, they need some backing.

“We’re in a difficult period where I can’t get out what I’d say is my strongest team and we need to fight and scrap and everybody pulling in the right direction.

“If the players show the same level of effort and committment that they did tonight then the fans will back them.

“But they certainly need that backing abnd they need the help.”