FC Halifax Town: Harvey proud of players’ efforts after Tranmere draw

FC Halifax Town v Tranmere Rovers
FC Halifax Town v Tranmere Rovers

Jim Harvey was proud of his players’ efforts after 10-man FC Halifax Town drew 1-1 with Tranmere to maintain his unbeaten record as caretaker-manager.

A spectacular goal from captain Nicky Wroe cancelled out James Norwood’s opener before Town striker Jordan Burrow was sent-off late on.

Harvey was forced into two substitutions before the start of the second-half, and praised the battling qualities of his team to claim a point against one of the National League’s big boys.

He said: “It’s as well as I’ve seen Tranmere play for 45 minutes in the first-half.

“We had to hang onto their shirt tails.

“Scott McManus picked up an injury and Keil O’Brien, who has been ill, had no energy whatsoever, so I couldn’t wait for half-time to come, he was lucky to last that long!

“That didn’t help us but we battled, hung in there and I was very proud of them, it was an excellent effort.”

Harvey was happy with the attitude of his team under the circumstances, with his first two substitutions enforced due to injuries.

“They weren’t the changes I wanted to make, I was a bit hamstrung because of those injuries,” he said.

“But it worked out OK and the boys have got on with the job.

“We’re coming together as a team. I don’t think we’re a brilliant footballing side but there’s plenty of spirit in there.

“They’re working together and they’re becoming hard to beat, which is really good.”

Harvey admitted Tranmere’s finances dwarf those of The Shaymen, and said that disparity made the result even more pleasing.

“It’s a case of building up the confidence of the players,” he added.

“Tranmere have got a budget that could not only win this league but probably the league above, so it was never going to be an easy game for us.

“But I was really pleased with the way they performed, it was really good.”