Aspin: I would have expected us to get through

editorial image
Share this article

Neil Aspin admitted he thought his FC Halifax Town side were on their way to the last eight of the FA Trophy after they let a 2-0 half-time lead slip to draw 2-2 at Dartford.

The two Conference Premier sides will now fight it out in a third-round replay at the Shay on Tuesday after Dartford launched a dramatic second-half fightback.

Aspin said: “I would have expected, after being 2-0 up at half-time, to get through to the next round.

“But you know that if you’re 2-0 up and you concede early on (in the second-half) then it makes it a totally different game and unfortunately that early goal we conceded in the second-half set the tone for the play.

“They made it very difficult for us, put a lot of balls into the box and at the end you have to hold your hands up and say it was a game of two halves.”

Aspin was happy with his side’s performance in the first-half, but admitted The Shaymen weren’t at the races after the interval.

He said: “We played some really nice football in the first-half and I think it was more difficult to play in the second-half with the way the pitch cut up.

“We did pass the ball well in the first-half.

“Dartford have a got a lot of height, a lot of strength and when they put a lot of balls into the box it makes it difficult.

“We certainly didn’t pass the ball in the second-half like we did in the first-half and that resulted in us coming under more pressure.

“We got pushed back and that led to us conceding off a corner and a long throw.”

Aspin praised the response from Dartford and conceded he was frustrated not to have gone through in 90 minutes.

He added: “Of course I’m disappointed when you’re in front at half-time but we’re in the hat and we’ve got to make sure we beat them at home.

“It is disappointing but you either take the positives from the first-half or you dwell on the negatives of the second-half.

“The key was that we didn’t pass the ball as well in the second-half and we got pushed back.

“They had nothing to lose, they pushed bodies forward and I have to give them credit, they played with a lot of spirit in the second-half and they made it difficult.”