Aspin hails ‘vital’ victory over Chester

Neil Aspin
Neil Aspin

Neil Aspin said it was ”vital” FC Halifax Town returned to winning ways as they beat Chester 2-1 at the Shay.

Town extended their unbeaten home start to the season to seven games thanks to goals from Lee Gregory and Marc Roberts either side of Gareth Seddon’s equaliser.

The Halifax boss admitted his side weren’t at their best but that the win was crucial.

He said: “I’m always delighted to get a win, especially when you’ve lost in midweek, and after we’d drawn the last home game it was vital we got the win today.

“It’s not the best we’ve played this season by any means but the result is just as important as any of the others we’ve had at home and I’m delighted to get the three points.

“I thought we sat back after getting a goal in front and Chester pushed us back, caused us problems and the game was far too open.

“As a team defensively we were poor and allowed them too much space and they looked a threat on the break.

“We needed to change that at half-time and make sure we were a lot tighter in the second-half, and we were.

“There weren’t a lot of opportunities in the second-half and I’m just delighted we got the winning goal.”

Seddon’s goal against his former club came from a corner, as did Roberts’ first goal for Town to seal the three points.

Aspin is encouraged by Town’s potency from set-pieces this season and wants more goals to come from dead ball situations.

He said: “It was disappointing we conceded off a corner, which is probably the first time it’s happened this season.

“That was a bit of an Achilles heel in previous seasons but in nine of the 12 games we’ve scored off a set-piece.

“They’re a massive part of the game and we’ve got to make sure we keep putting the ball in the right areas.

“We still have too many times when the ball drops and we don’t get the first touch and if we could do that, especially from some of the throw-ins we put in, there’ll be more goals for us.”

Aspin also had praise for Town keeper Matt Glennon, who produced a superb double save in the first-half.

He added: “Matty made a couple of excellent saves which were vital, really good saves.

“I think he’s improved from last year and he’s done really well this season.

“He probably doesn’t get a lot of praise but he’s been a very calming influence on the team, he’s a good professional and I can’t speak more highly of him.”