FC Halifax Town: Harvey hails ‘excellent’ Shaymen after Wrexham win

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Jim Harvey hailed an “excellent” performance after his FC Halifax Town side beat Wrexham 2-0 at The Shay.

Harvey has won five of his seven games in charge of The Shaymen, and added to the team’s impressive 1-0 win at Lincoln on Boxing Day with another encouraging result against the Welsh side thanks to first-half goals from Shaun Tuton and Kingsley James.

Harvey said: “The boys were excellent today.

“They’re starting to enjoy it. They’re working together and slowly but surely it’s turning around.

“I thought it was a really good game.

“The supporters seemed to enjoy it and so did the players, they’re really pleased with themselves in the changing room.”

Harvey admitted there a slice of luck in Town’s opening goal after Wrexham defender Blaine Hudson’s attempted clearance hit Tuton and ricocheted past goalkeeper Rhys Taylor, but said Tuton deserved it for another committed display.

He said: “The centre-half turned into him and Shaun’s got a strike on it.

“That’s a good bit of fortune but he did have two more chances shortly after that where you’d have expected him to do better.

“Then in the second-half he had a chance from the left-hand side and if he’d have lifted it into the roof of the net he’d have got us a third and put the game to bed.

“I was cursing him for missing that but he’s doing extremely well.

“His enthusiasm for the job is great and that’s what it should be all about.

“He in particular displays that and it’s visible for all to see.”

Harvey said James’ goal then put The Shaymen into a commanding position when the midfielder fired home after Jordan Burrow had hit the bar with an attempted lob over Taylor.

“Jordan’s put in a lovely delicate chip which unfortunately came back off the bar,” he said.

“I would have liked him to have scored that but Kingsley’s done really well then, he had a good strike and that put us in a good position, in command, at 2-0.”

Jamal Fyfield was sent-off in added time for a foul on Tuton, which Harvey felt was undeserved.

“From where I was I thought it was harsh,” he said. “I thought the fella had knocked it out for a throw-in.

“If it had been my player I’d have been disappointed. I couldn’t understand that.”

The Town boss is encouraged by what he is seeing from his team, and believes performances have been getting better since he took charge.

“The performances are improving,” he added, “even in this short spell that I’ve been in charge, you can see the improvements virtually game-by-game now.

“But we need to because we are in a dog fight, we’re under no illusions about that, there’s still a long way for us to go to get up into some sort of safety in mid-table.

“But we’ll enjoy the results as they come in and it helps confidence.

“Every game we play we’re getting more information into the players and they’re responding, they’re getting to know their jobs better.”