We let Bradford off the hook, says Aspin

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Neil Aspin said he was proud of his players’ efforts after FC Halifax Town were knocked out of the FA Cup by Bradford in front of a club record attendance at the Shay.

Halifax took a third-minute lead through Lois Maynard before second-half goals from Felipe Morais and Jon Stead put Bradford through, despite a late rally from the Shaymen.

The Town boss believes his side spurned their chance of causing an upset, but was unhappy with his team’s defending for both Bradford goals.

He said: “I am disappointed. I think we had a genuine chance of getting a result today.

“To take the lead in a big game is very important because it settles all the players down.

“I think the players gave a good account of themselves but that poor 15 minute spell after half-time really killed it for us.

“We defended badly for both goals which is disappointing.

“I said before the game that if we could keep a clean sheet we would win, because I always fancy us to score.

“I’m proud of the players, they always give me their all in terms of effort and commitment, but I’m disappointed to have lost.”

Aspin was pleased with how few clear chances Bradford created during the game, but was left rueing some missed opportunities from his own players.

He said: “The way Bradford set-up, they’ve got a lot of midfielders who can manipulate the ball.

“Playing with one up-front they’ve got a lot of players in midfield areas so I knew they’d have more possession than us.

“It was a case of us trying to keep our shape and restrict any opportunities they might make, which we did.

“We had the better chance. We had a chance before half-time to go 2-0 up which would’ve really put Bradford under pressure and I do feel we let them off the hook.”

Aspin praised the turn-out of the Halifax supporters for the game, and would like to see some of them back at the Shay in future.

“You want to be involved in football to get decent crowds and today was a chance for the Halifax public to turn out and they’ve certainly done that,” he said.

“To get 8,000 is fantastic. If we could gain one or two supporters who don’t normally come and get them to more games, it always helps.

“The difference even between 1,500 to 2,000 makes a difference and that extra support does help so hopefully they’ve seen enough to make them come back.”