We deserved to win, says Aspin

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Town boss Neil Aspin believes his side did enough to earn all three points after losing to a late Ellis Harrison goal at Bristol Rovers on Saturday.

Rovers took a first-half lead through Adam Cunnington but were out-played by Halifax after that, who equalised midway through the second-half thanks to Scott Boden’s third in three games.

Aspin felt hard-done by after the game but was pleased with his team’s display at the Memorial Ground.

He said: “Any game you lose you are disappointed but when you dominate the second-half and the players have put in so much effort, they really didn’t get what they deserved today.

“I think if we’d drawn we’d have been disappointed. I felt we deserved to win the match so the result is disappointing but not the performance and the players have got to take heart from the fact that they finished the game well.

“The second-half of the game they were really strong, pushed them back, dominated Bristol on their own pitch.

“We haven’t won the game but we certainly deserved to win it in my opinion.”

The Town boss says even he was surprised by Halifax’s dominance after the interval.

“We were confident in the second half that we could push them back I didn’t expect to dominate as much as we did in the second half,” he said.

“We pinned them in, got the goal and you’d have bet on us winning but football doesn’t run smoothly all the time and you get knock-backs.

“It’s important as a manager I take it on the chin but we’ve got to go again and put another run together.”

Winger Richard Peniket was taken off with a knee injury during the first-half, which Aspin says will be looked at before Saturday’s home game with Aldershot.

“Richard didn’t train on Thursday but we felt he would be alright.

“He could feel his leg in the warm-up but we felt if he was prepared to give it a go we would try but you could tell he wasn’t 100 per cent and we had to take him off.

“But credit to him, he wanted to give it a go and we wanted to include him in the team but we’ll re-assess for next week because we’ve got a couple of people who’ve got knocks so we’ll try and get everyone fit for Saturday.”

Aspin also distanced himself from the vacant manager’s job at his old club Leeds United and reiterated his commitment to Halifax.

He added: “The only team I’m interested in is Halifax and I’m desperate for us to do well.

“That’s my only concern. I’m not concerned about any other club, just ourselves.

“Leeds is a big club, there’s been a lot of changes, a lot of turmoil over the years.

“They’ve got things to sort out but I’m only interested in Halifax.”