Aspin unhappy after another away day to forget

Neil Aspin
Neil Aspin

FC Halifax Town boss Neil Aspin said his side gave a poor performance as they lost 3-0 at Alfreton to extend their search for an away league win to eight matches.

Town found Alfreton’s front-two of John Akinde and Jake Speight too hot to handle on a chilly afternoon in Derbyshire as they fell 3-0 down within 50 minutes.

Aspin said: “It was a really poor performance, I’m very disappointed.

“We knew what to expect from Alfreton, we knew we were in for a battle and that they were strong.

“But we didn’t compete well enough in defensive areas, gave away poor goals and once we conceded the third goal, which was the crucial goal, the game was over.

“We never looked like getting back in it. If you’re 2-0 down you must get the next goal but we gave another poor goal defensively away which just summed up the performance.

“I felt we got worse in the second-half. I’m not very happy at all with the performance but whenever we get a bad performance, which there will be some, we have to recover and go again.”

Speight put Alfreton 2-0 ahead in the first-half, both of which were set-up by Akinde, before the latter grabbed a deserved goal himself shortly after the restart.

The Town boss admitted his defence couldn’t cope with the threat from the hosts’ deadly duo, and wants to see his side get back to basics before their next league game at home to Hyde on November 12.

He said: “It’s about what you do in both boxes and the two goals we gave away in the first-half we should have defended better.

“Alfreton can then get two banks of four behind the ball and hit the ball long to the big centre-forward who’s strong and with Speight running off him.

“It was effective but we should have handled it better than we did and it’s not good enough.

“It’s disappointing, especially after our last league performance, which was very good.

“We need to start again, work harder, get back to doing the basics right and make sure we’re better for the next league game.”

Town have now gone eight games without an away win in the Skrill Premier, a record Aspin says won’t be put to bed until his team defend better than they did at Alfreton.

He added: “If we play like that away from home we won’t get many points, it’s as simple as that.

“You need to defend properly to start with to give yourself a basis.

“You’re not going to be able to come away in this league and score three goals every week so you need to be keeping clean sheets or keep the score down to one and give yourself a chance.”