Town boss rues his team’s bad luck

Neil Aspin
Neil Aspin

Neil Aspin was left cursing his luck after FC Halifax Town were held to a 1-1 draw at home to Bishop’s Stortford.

The Shaymen fell behind to a first-half goal by Matt Johnson, but drew level before the break thanks to Liam Needham.

Town then dominated the rest of the game as the visitors had a man sent-off, but Dan Gardner missed a penalty and Lee Gregory hit the bar as Stortford clung on to a claim a point.

The Town boss said his side were not getting the rub of the green in front of goal, but was disappointed his players couldn’t find a winner.

He said: “I’m really frustrated because if ever there was a game we should have got the points it was tonight.

“I can’t fault the players for lack of effort, I thought they kept going all game and tried their best to get the winner.

“But again, missed chances, missed penalties, woodwork - I think somebody’s put a jinx on that goal because the number of games this season where we’ve had constant attcking towards it and we just can’t get the ball over the line.

“I don’t want to be accused of being somebody whot trots out excuses but you’d have to say we’re not having the luck at the moment. It’s got to turn and it needs to turn on Thursday because every game we don’t win we make it more difficult for ourselves.

“Full credit to Stortford, they set their stall out to sit back and try and catch us on the break and that’s what we’d expect.

“But with the number of times we got the ball into good areas and crosses into the box, we should be scoring goals. To get one goal from all our play, it’s really disappointing.

“The players deserved to get the win. They fell behind to a good strike for the goal but they kept going and on any other night, I’m sure we’d have got the three points.

“You get a penalty and Dan Gardner, who scored all his penalties last year, you expect him to score but again, it’s that top goal and penalty misses prove to be costly when games are tight.”

Aspin admitted his side’s task is getting increasingly difficult as the games go by, and said his team’s out-of-sorts home form hasn’t been helped by the state of the pitch.

He added: “Obviously you’d like to have points in the bag with all the games we’ve got, but then you get a couple of players tonight who are injured and suddenly you’ve got less people to pick from on Thursday, then you’ve got to play Saturday.

“It’s getting harder by the game, there’s no doubt about that, because we need to be getting the points to give us a cushion and if we don’t then games build up and there’s no margin for error and you’ll come to a stage when you then have to win a game and I felt we needed to win this game.

“But we haven’t got it, we’ve got to go again on Thursday and win the game. We will try and win all the games we play between now and the end of the season, there’s no difference in approach but we need a little bit of luck as well.

“Earlier in the season we had spells where we were scoring plenty of goals at home and it was flowing nicely.

“It’s not a coincidence that it’s more difficult to move the ball quickly when the pitch is so bobbly. When teams sit men behind the ball and you want to break them down, the quickness of the pass is what moves people about and you just can’t do that.”

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