Town boss happy with improvement after Wrexham stalemate

Neil Aspin
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Neil Aspin said he saw plenty of positives after FC Halifax Town’s 0-0 draw with Wrexham.

Town kept only their third clean sheet on their travels as they recorded four points out of six against the Welsh side this season.

Aspin said his team’s performance was a massive improvement on their disappointing 2-0 defeat at Tamworth a week ago.

He said: “It was a much better performance than last week.

“We weren’t good enough and it was a very poor performance at Tamworth, but I felt we were a lot better today.

“Eleven against eleven I thought we were well in the game and well capable of getting a result.

“Obviously a sending-off does change the game and probably limited Wrexham in the attacks they had but they were still difficult to break down.

“There are a lot of positives today whereas I didn’t see any last week but the one criticism I would have is that we didn’t work their keeper enough.

“He didn’t have enough saves to make and we didn’t really make any clear cut chances.

“But Wrexham sat back, got men behind the ball and made it difficult but I would like to think we could’ve created more opportunities than we did.”

The main flashpoint of the game came on the verge of half-time when veteran striker Brett Ormerod was sent-off after an altercation with Town defender Marc Roberts.

Aspin was unhappy that a tackle on Lois Maynard went unpunished but said the hosts made it tough for Town after the dismissal.

He said: “I didn’t see it but Marc Roberts is honest enough to say that the lad kicked at him and it was needless.

“Wrexham will be disappointed because there was no need for it but I thought they were fortunate earlier on because the tackle on Lois could’ve been a red card.

“His sock’s all ripped and his shin’s all gashed but I’m not going to shout for players to get sent-off.

“But it does change the game, we’ve had players sent-off this season and it makes it more difficult.

“Eleven against eleven the pressure’s on them to push forward and win the game.

“When they’re down to 10 I think the crowd is far more accepting of a point and they set their stall out to take a point.”

Roberts also had a goal disallowed in the second-half when his header from Josh Wilson’s free-kick was ruled out for offside.

Aspin added: “I just hope the linesman was right.

“The only thing I will say is he had his flag up early and he was adamant he was offside.”