Harrison feeling the pain after consecutive losses

Fax spent plenty of time defending
Fax spent plenty of time defending
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Halifax coach Karl Harrison admitted his team are “not in a great place” after suffering a second defeat in a week against Barrow yesterday.

Fax, shorn of a clutch of players through injury after Wednesday night’s bruising battle at Leigh, went down 26-12, slipping to fourth on the Championship ladder as a result.

“It’s certainly not a great place to be at the moment,” said Harrison.

“Certainly a percentage of it was a result of the Leigh game, but we weren’t good enough and the players have been told that.

“We contributed to our downfall and created a lot of energy-draining situations that we didn’t need after Wednesday night.

“You have to respect the ball; when you are turning the ball over on play three and defending your line all the time, you end up exhausted.

“The big guys gave everything in the middle, but our edge defence was pretty soft at times.

“Nobody’s thrown the towel in, but we’re going through a tough spell.

“I feel for everyone; I’m disappointed for the coaching staff, I’m disappointed for the players and I’m disappointed for the supporters who made the journey up there to watch their team.

“There is no one more hurt than me at the moment.

“All we can do is patch a few bodies up, re-address a few things and try and get a winning formula in time for the play offs.”

Harrison, whose side host Doncaster next weekend (3.0), made a series of changes in the playmaking roles, with Anthony Bowman, who has been on loan at Oldham, and young hooker Karl Ashall both coming the starting line up, with mixed results.

“Karl got his big chance and then dislocated two fingers inside the first few minutes, which probably had an impact on his performance,” said Harrison.

“He gave us some spark though and he did okay, considering, and he’s probably put himself in a position to keep that shirt.

“We are struggling at half back though, anyone can see that; Murrell’s got a broken hand, Bowman has not played there all season, Anthony Thackeray couldn’t play because of his ankle.

“That’s how we are at the moment, and it’s hard to play the game without half backs.

“We are still getting forward pretty well, but when we got into their half we looked poor and disorganised.

“We have not struggled for points all year, but we have these last two games.

“We simplified the plan because of the personnel we had, but in the end we weren’t even getting to a position where that came into play.”