Aspin frustrated by lack of cutting edge

Neil Aspin
Neil Aspin

Neil Aspin said his side didn’t create enough chances as FC Halifax Town lost 1-0 in their West Yorkshire derby against Bradford Park Avenue.

Former Town man Richard Marshall’s stunning strike was enough to give the visitors the spoils in a gme which saw Ryan Toulson and Aiden Savory both receive red cards.

The Town boss was unhappy with his defender’s lack of discipline after Toulson kicked out at Avenue full-back Martin drury, but said his side still should have done more after the dismissal.

He said: “I’m not happy about it at all - it was a stupid red card. It cost us the game in some ways.

“When we’ve had a game on Saturday and with the number of games we’ve got, to be going down to ten men through stupidity - I’m not very happy with that at all.

“Players have got to be disciplined. I’ve been sent-off in my career but not for something petty like that.

“I’m not going to make excuses. Even with ten men you’ve still got to keep playing and try to create, but up until the last ten minutes we’ve not really tested their keeper enough.

“Today is disappointing but it’s not a disaster. Some of our players gave really good performances and were committed in their tackles. It’s creatively that we weren’t good enough today. Defensively I thought we were solid but we haven’t created enough.”

The performance of loanee Matt Pearson, who saw a rasping drive tipped over the bar late on, was a highlight for The Shaymen, in what was his final game before returning to parent club Rochdale.

Aspin praised the young defender’s contribution since coming to the Shay.

He said: “Matty has been excellent since he came here. His attitude and committment is first class. He was excellent today and I think he played about 30 minutes on one leg but I didn’t want to bring him off.

“He’s been a real breath of fresh air and as long as you’ve got lads like him in football then I’ll always enjoy being a manager.

“He’s been tremendous and I can’t speak more highly of him. I really should be saying he was absolutely awful so Rochdale don’t want him back but I can’t lie, he’s been tremendous for us.”

The Town chief made four changes from the side that beat Workington 1-0 at the weekend, and said he will continue to chop and change during the club’s hectic schedule ahead.

He added: “We’re not going to play the same team every week but the players who come in have got to get results.

“We’ve got hard games but the reality is we don’t need to win every game to get in the play-offs. But every game you lose makes the task more difficult.”

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