FC Halifax Town 2-1 Sutton: Fullarton delighted with second win in four days

Jamie Fullarton. Photo by John Bradley.
Jamie Fullarton. Photo by John Bradley.

Town boss Jamie Fullarton was delighted with his team’s performance after their 2-1 win over Sutton at The Shay edged them to the verge of safety in the National League.

Goals from Mike Fondop-Talom and Ben Tomlinson sealed Town’s second win in four days against promotion-chasing opposition after Saturday’s 2-1 victory against Boreham Wood.

“I’ve stressed since day one the importance of the group and not just the team, and obviously we made changes because we have four games in a week,” Fullarton said.

“Sutton are second in the league because they’re good at what they do, as were Boreham Wood, but I think we’ve shown our own patch is a good place for us to play.

“They’ve responded really well, whoever’s played. Playing against teams who were second and third in the league and to come away with six points, I’m delighted.

“We withstood the pressure we found ourselves under from Sutton, the bombardment and the physicality that’s got them to second in the league.

“They got back into the game, like Boreham Wood. I’ve said before that the group never cease to amaze me, but it’s not amazing me now because when you stick together and you’re always in the game, you can go up the other end and take all three points, as we did.

“We went in 1-0 up, like against Boreham Wood, but it could easily have been two or three, so it’s pleasing we’re creating chances which help us go on and win games.”

Fullarton added: “The only thing I ever make a real demand of is attitude and application. And it was entwined with a resilience.

“We’re gaining momentum and understanding of what we are and what we’re looking to do. It’s been a great test for us, competing with teams at the top of the league, because they’re there for a reason over 40 games or more.

“We’ve talked about points needed and maintaining our status, but there were 13 games left when I came in, and I wanted 39 points!

“That’s the way we’re looking to approach it. We’ve got four games left, that’s 12 points. We’re going to try and win every game.

“But we’re only halfway through a hectic week and we’ve got another two games to play.”

Fondop-Talom now has three goals in eight games for Town, and has impressed Fullarton on the training pitch.

“It happens with different players at different clubs with different styles they’re asked to play,” Fullarton said.

“I’ll start worrying when we’re not creating chances for Mike to score.

“I think Mike’s a shining example of responding to the work he’s doing under guidance on the training field and he’s continuing to grow and find his feet within the group.”

Town are now on 53 points, nine more than 21st placed Barrow, who only have 15 points left to play for.

When asked about his team’s chances of staying up, Fullarton said: “We’ve got four games and we’re aiming for 12 points. For want of a better phrase, we’re not on our Butlin’s holiday just yet.

“So whether we’ve got 46 games or four, we’re going to try and win every one.

“Forgive me for not looking at that table or points total.”

Fullarton said it was too early to comment on the injury that forced Matty Brown out of the game with an injury, but did have good news regarding Matty Kosylo.

“He has been given the all clear,” Fullarton said, “and has started doing a bit of work, and we’re looking to have him back as soon as possible.”