Aspin happy with display as Town bow out of cup

Neil Aspin
Neil Aspin

Neil Aspin said the result wasn’t a fair reflection of the game as FC Halifax Town went out of the FA Cup with a 4-1 defeat at MK Dons.

Town put up a brave fight against their League One opponents and gave as good as they got in front of 500 travelling Shaymen supporters at Stadium mk.

Izale McLeod grabbed a brace for the hosts as well as a goal each for Brendan Galloway and Shaun Williams, with Lee Gregory scoring for Town.

The Halifax boss was unhappy with his side’s defending for McLeod’s opening goal five minutes before half-time, but said his team put in a good performance on the day.

He said: “I don’t think on the evidence of the game that it was a 4-1 scoreline, but goals change games.

“The players worked well at what they had to do in the first-half but I was very disappointed with the goal we conceded, I felt it could have been avoided.

“It was a good finish but we shouldn’t have allowed him the space.

“Then when you need to keep the game at 1-0 to allow yourself a chance to put them under a bit of pressure, obviously the second goal is the killer.

“But we didn’t drop our heads, we kept going and I think it was important, kicking towards our supporters, that we put in a good show in the second-half.

“We had some good play and I’ve got no complaints with the team - everybody worked hard, just the defending for the goals could have been a bit better but we knew it’d be a difficult game.”

“In terms of efforts on goal and chances I think we certainly had as many as Milton Keynes and we should have really scored more than the one goal.

“If you’re going to win games at this level you need to have luck and the run of the ball and we didn’t have that.

“You need everything to go for you if you’re going to pull off an upset.

“I must speak well of Milton Keynes too - it’s a fantastic stadium and it’s a credit to football. They’ve treated us with respect and I thank them for that.

Aspin said he had no complaints over the award of MK Dons’ penalty shortly after the restart for Marc Roberts’ foul on Daniel Powell, but felt his side should have had aspot-kick too.

He added: “We should have had a penalty - I think it was a push in the box. Anywhere else on the pitch, the ref gives a penalty. But at least we gave it a go, we didn’t go out with a whimper.

“I thought last week at Alfreton we were poor, didn’t give the fans anything to get positive about but there were positives today and we’ve got to take them into the next two games.”