FC Halifax Town: Glennon determined to keep it clean

FC Halifax Town v York. Matt Glennon
FC Halifax Town v York. Matt Glennon

It’s 15 games and counting since Matt Glennon’s last clean sheet, and the Town keeper won’t be happy until that run is ended.

Halifax’s wait for a win may finally be over after Monday’s dramatic 3-1 victory over Barrow, their first victory since beating Nuneaton 2-1 in March.

But that came a week after Town’s last shut-out in their goalless draw at Altrincham, with Glennon seeing 30 goals go by him since then.

He admits the 14 goals conceded so far this term is too many and is determined the problem isn’t the main topic of conversation before away games in future.

He said: “I’ve let too many goals in, which I don’t like.

“I’m used to keeping a fair amount of clean sheets and not conceding threes and twos.

“I’m never happy when I’m letting goals in.

“Even on Saturday I wasn’t happy, even though we won.

“It’s frustrating because I had a good record in my time at the club.

“It was a good ratio of clean sheets.

“I play cards with the manager on the away trips so it is talked about. A lot!”

Glennon says Monday’s win was a big step in the right direction for The Shaymen.

“It was massive. You could feel the nerves in the stadium but it was fantastic,” he said.

“We didn’t play great but we got the win.

“We’ve not kept a clean sheet yet which I’m not very happy about and I’m sure the manager will be reminding me of that!

“It just makes the whole atmosphere better.

“Obviously we’ve got a five-hour journey to Aldershot this weekend so it’ll make the coach a better place and we’ll enjoy training a lot more.

“If we can follow it up with another win on Saturday that’ll give us a lot more confidence.”

The former Huddersfield keeper says it’s been a mixed start from The Shaymen this campaign.

“It’s been up and down,” he reflected. “In patches we’ve played some excellent stuff but we’ve made too many mistakes as a team.

“Individually and as a team there have been too many mistakes, which we’ve got to rectify.

“Barrow’s was a decent goal by a lad who wins a lot of headers in the box.

“But we ended up defending well, I didn’t have too much to do after that.

“If we keep playing like that we’ll win plenty more games.”

Glennon agreed a new one-year deal this summer to extend his stay at Halifax into a fourth season, and insists he never contemplated leaving the club.

“I was always going to stay,” he said.

“I’ve only missed two games in three seasons.

“As long as I stay fit and I’m doing myself justice then I’ll carry on.

“As soon as that isn’t he case any longer then I’ll stop.”

Among the many departures from The Shay during the close season was back-up keeper Phil Senior.

Glennon admits his former team-mates’ absence has taken some getting used to.

“It’s quieter, more relaxed and I’m actually enjoying it now!” he said.

“He’s a good lad. I enjoyed working with him, we’ve known each other a long time.

“We bounced ideas off each other and we had a fantastic relationship on and off the pitch.

“It’s a bit of a change but Jordan’s a good lad, he works very hard and he’s willing to do all the shooting in training, all the stuff I don’t want to do, which is great!”

The 36-year-old is optimistic that Town can start to climb the table and has belief in the quality of the squad.

“We’re not playing Real Madrid every week. We’re a good side with good players.

“We just needed that first win to hopefully get a run started.

“We have got good strength in depth, although the bench on Saturday was a bit like a creche!

“We have got players to come back like Macca (Scott McManus) and Browny (Matt Brown).

“We have got quality, we just need to stop making mistakes and get on with the game.”