Neil Aspin hailed a ‘great result’ after FC Halifax Town overcame a resilient Hyde 4-0 at the Shay.
The win extended Town’s unbeaten home start to the season to 10 games, but not without a fight as the visitors belied their status as Skrill Premier basement-dwellers with a plucky performance.
The Town boss admitted his side had to battle to victory in the end, with two second-half goals by Lee Gregory and one from Josh Wilson after Lois Maynard’s early opener.
He said: “I’m very pleased with the scoreline, it’s a great result for us.
“I think people look at the fact that Hyde haven’t won a game all season and expect us to win the game easily but the scoreline didn’t reflect the game.
“They caused us plenty of problems, especially in the first-half, and I must admit I wasn’t really looking forward to the game because everybody expects you to get a result.
“I knew it would be difficult and that’s how it proved.
“Hyde were the better team in the first-half, there’s no doubt about it. I just wanted to get to half-time and then change because I felt we needed to match up against them in midfield.
“They were getting a lot of possession, moving the ball well but they were unfortunate to be behind at half-time.”
The Town boss said his side’s second goal effectively ended the game as a contest, but would have liked the home supporters to offer more encouragement to his team when the result was still in the balance.
He said: “Once we got the second goal that really knocked the stuffing out of them.
“We are capable of scoring goals but it was difficult because the crowd were giving us a little bit of stick and it does transmit.
“The players were anxious. We don’t have any divine right to beat any team in this league and any win you get is a great three points.
“Sometimes I feel we just need to give the players a bit more support and encouragement because it isn’t easy out there.”
Town collected five yellow cards on the night, with referee Martin Coy coming under criticism from the stands for his performance.
The Shaymen are top of the disciplinary bad books in the Conference Premier, but Aspin doesn’t want his side’s attitude to change.
He added: “I don’t understand all the bookings. If we’re going to play games of football, you expect a bit of contact but to have the number of bookings we got was excessive and totally not needed.
“I think the referee was very happy to keep brandishing cards.
“I want a competitive side so it doesn’t bother if we’re top of that table, but I think we’re too soft.
“I think at times we need to be a bit more aggressive and firm in the tackle so I don’t read too much into that.”