Aspin bemoans players’ ‘stupidity’ in Salisbury defeat

Neil Aspin
Neil Aspin

Neil Aspin said the ‘absolute stupidity’ of two of his players cost his side dear as nine-men FC Halifax Town lost 3-1 at Salisbury.

Kevin Holsgrove and Josh Wilson were both sent-off in the first-half for violent conduct, the second time this season the Shaymen have been reduced to nine men before half-time.

Salisbury were 1-0 up when both players were dismissed and went on to scored two more before Ryan Brett’s own goal handed Town a late consolation.

The Town boss said: “I had a clear view of the first one which was absolute stupidity, and if the second one’s what I’ve been told then that’s exactly the same.

“I can’t defend players for doing that. Not only have they let the club down but they’ve let the other players down as well.

“I think we’d have had a chance of getting a result and I’d have liked to have seen what it was like 11 against 11 for the 90 minutes.”

“I thought Kevin had started OK, he was holding the ball up well.

“But you expect as a forward to get defenders blocking you and the odd kick, but you just get on with it and try to make sure you get the better of them by scoring.

“Those types of sendings-off are pathetic, it’s not what I want and the players are going to have to be fined for that.”

Aspin was particularly upset with Salisbury’s first goal and admitted it was a bad day at the office for his team overall.

He said: “We’ve said it before that the first goal’s important and it was a poor goal to give away.

“I’m disappointed with the lack of discipline but the nature of that first goal was particularly poor.

“I can’t take much from the game and we need to move onto to the next one now.”

The Town chief hinted he may look to bring a striker in on loan with Holsgrove and Wilson facing suspension and Lee Gregory out with a broken hand.

Fellow frontman Dale Johnson, who is currently on loan at Barrow, could also come back into contention for the Forest Green game on September 14 when his loan expires.

One new face to make his debut was midfielder John McReady, who joined the Shaymen last week after being released by York, and came off the bench late on at Salisbury.

Aspin added: “It’s a good time for him to come on, the game was over and there was no pressure on him.

“He only trained on Thursday. He’s a young lad and he didn’t really have a chance at York but I saw him play at Darlington and he’s got experience of playing at this level.

“But he needs games and he needs to be given a chance.”