AFTER the highs of Charlton in the FA Cup it was a night of frustration for Town and manager Neil Aspin as the Shaymen were held to a goalless draw by Solihull last night.
The Shay was a much different place with 1,140 inside and the players were unable to lift their game sufficiently to break down the stubborn visitors who packed their defence.
“I am disappointed - and very frustrated,” said Aspin. “When we got a head of steam up the game kept stopping which made it difficult to play to the tempo we wanted.”
There was always a danger that the Town players would struggle to give a performance after they had put so much into the cup tie.
But Aspin was more concerned by his side’s sluggish start to the game which set the tone for a disappointing night.
“You can use that as an excuse,” he said. “Of course it was different last night to Sunday, but you are not going to get games like Charlton every week.
“The players have a responsibility to play and do a job.
“We didn’t start well enough and if you don’t do that it gives the opposition a chance to get a foothold in the game.
“And if you don’t score they can sit back which makes it even harder.
“Players get frustrated and start knocking longer balls because they want it forward quicker.
“You need the goal to bring the opposition out and create space in behind.
“ I don’t expect Solihull to come here and throw men forward but I would expect someone to do enough to create a chance and get a goal.”
There were opportunities, with Lee Gregory, Danny Holland and Tom Baker all going close to breaking the deadlock.
“We had chances which on another day you score and take the win,” said Aspin.
“It is not an easy division, as we have been saying all year.
“We are capable against any team, but we need to be taking three points from home games.”
James Walshaw made a promising debut a day after arriving from Darlington on loan and Aspin is certain he will be a hit at the Shay.
“If he plays the next 25 games I know he will score goals,” said the Shay boss.
“He showed he has a good touch.”