FC Halifax Town: Lincoln win a great result, says Harvey

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Jim Harvey declared FC Halifax Town’s 1-0 win at Lincoln as a “great result” as he maintained his unbeaten run as manager.

Sam Walker’s second-half goal sealed an impressive win for Town and reduced the gap to safety to four points.

Harvey was delighted with his team’s defensive display as they kept their first league clean sheet for 33 games.

“Lincoln are doing well a home, it’s a difficult game, but our defence played extremely well,” he said.

“Things have gone our way tactically, turning them round into the wind in the first-half and playing with the wind in the second-half, it all worked in our favour.

“It’s a great result for us. It showed what this team’s about, lots of character and determination and that was on show a lot today.”

Harvey admitted a draw would have been a good result for his team at Sincil Bank but said Walker’s winner came at a timely moment, after Lincoln had out Town under pressure after the interval.

“From where I was I wasn’t sure it was in, I thought it had hit the side netting,” Harvey said of Walker’s goal.

“In the second-half we were causing some problems from Scott McManus’ long-throws, but we didn’t have that extra body to get on the end of the ball or it didn’t bounce for us.

“But the free-kick James Bolton put in did drop for us.

“Sam’s got an eye for goal, he’s got a few for us since he’s been playing and he’s got a lovely left-foot.

“It was brilliant when it went in and at a good time too.”

Harvey felt Town could have added to that goal, especially through substitute Shaquille McDonald.

“It opened up a bit (after the goal) and we got away a few times,” he said.

“Little Shaq came on and he’s had a terrific chance, maybe hit it too well.

“Sam’s free-kick - anywhere else and it’s a goal, and then at the death Josh got in there and might have made the last couple of minutes easier for us.

“Perhaps if the inter-play between Shaq and Shaun Tuton had been sharper we’d have created a couple more chances, but they were maybe slow to see the pass.

“But towards the end of the game they were playing a bit and enjoying it which is good to see.”

The Town manager was pleased to discover The Shaymen had kept their first league clean sheet for 33 games, and says that should help boost his team’s confidence, as should belying Lincoln’s superb home form of only one home league defeat of the season before the game.

“I hadn’t realised their results here had been as good as they are, and I’ve just been informed it was 30-odd league games since we’ve had a clean sheet.

“Those are all little markers and indicators for us that we can take confidence from going forward.

“The more we can overcome those little hurdles, the bigger the confidence grows and the better the performances.”

Harvey believes he is the right man for the job after being named as permanent manager earlier in the week, and is positive about the team’s progress.

“I’ve got a lot of belief in my ability to do this job with this squad of players,” he added.

“I’m confident I’ll be able to work with them and get the best out of them.

“If I’m getting the best out of the team and results are going in our favour then the supporters will support that.

“As long as that happens it will be great.

“It’s when that stops happening when the problems start, but at the moment it’s going really well.

“We’ve had a really good start, although we’re still in the bottom four, it’s going to be tough and we’ll have to continue to develop our game and get better.”