We must do better, says disappointed Town boss

FC Halifax Town v Altrincham at The Shay Stadium.
FC Halifax Town v Altrincham at The Shay Stadium.

Neil Aspin admitted his FC Halifax Town side got what they deserved after Altrincham inflicted Town’s first home defeat for 10 months with a 3-1 win at the Shay.

Goals from Nicky Clee, James Lawrie and substitute Kyle Perry condemned the Shaymen to their first home loss since a 4-3 reverse against Woking last December, with Scott Boden grabbing a late consolation.

Aspin had no qualms about the result though, which saw Altrincham win away for the first time this season.

He said: “You’re always disappointed when you lose a game, especially at home.

“We haven’t had many defeats at home over the last couple of years.

“But today proved if we’re not at our best then you’re not going to win matches.

“You have to give the opposition credit, they’ve done well today.

“We’ve been very poor but Altrincham deserved the victory.”

Aspin was disappointed with all areas of his team’s display and pulled no punches in his criticism.

He said: “We’ve huffed and puffed but I’m not going to pull the wool over anyone’s eyes, it was a poor performance.

“Poor in defence, poor in midfield and poor up-front and if you’re going to be poor in all departments you’re certainly not going to win any games.”

The Town boss said his side weren’t good enough in possession and was frustrated at their wastefulness on the ball.

“We have to be better in general play,” he said. “I don’t want a team passing around the edge of our own box.

“I want a team to pass in the opposition half but we’re not doing that.

“We’re giving the ball away too easily, build-up play is poor and if you’re going to continuously give the ball away then you’re not going to get results.

“We need to be a lot better on the ball than we’ve been, definitely today, possibly over the last few games, but it wasn’t good enough today.”

Aspin said the performance was the worst his side had produced at home for around 30 games but praised his team’s record at the Shay over the last 12 months.

He added: “People get carried away and think you can turn up and win games, you can’t.

“The players have done exceptionally well to get into the position that we’re in and how they’ve done over the last year.

“But if they drop their standards and play below par we can lose to anyone and I’ve always said that.

“We haven’t underestimated Altrincham today, we don’t underestimate any team.

“We know that on the day anyone can beat us but the majority of the time the players have played to their best.”