FC Halifax Town: Harvey delighted after Dover win

Actions from Halifax Town v Dover
Actions from Halifax Town v Dover

Caretaker-manager Jim Harvey praised his “gutsy” FC Halifax Town side after they beat Dover 4-2 at The Shay to climb off the bottom of the National League table.

A brace from Shaun Tuton and one each from Nicky Wroe and Jordan Burrow helped Town to only their second home win of the season and possibly move Harvey a step closer to the manager’s job on a permanent basis.

Harvey reiterated his desire for the job and said he was delighted with his team’s display following on from last week’s 4-1 win at Gateshead.

He said: “It was terrific. Obviously we want to win but what I’m looking for first is a performance.

“If we hadn’t have won today but we got another performance that would’ve kept me happy because you need to have a performance that’s going to set you up for the coming weeks and months.

“We got both today - a really good performance, which was gutsy and determined against a very good Dover side.

“I thought they were excellent last Tuesday and I thought they were very good today.

“Some really tricky players and you can see why they’re up at that end of the table.

“But we got a performance similar to last week and a result to match.”

Harvey praised striker Shaun Tuton after he notched another two goals against Dover, and said the whole team displayed the right qualities to win the game.

“His attitude’s tremendous,” said Harvey. “Another two goals today and he’s enjoying it - it’s excellent.

“I think that summarises the team - they play with a lot of passion, attitude and commitment, some qualities which normally wouldn’t have been associated with my teams in the past.

“It’s a different approach for me but it’s great to see the boys with height, strength and desire.

“I’m really enjoying watching it.

“Normally my teams would go out and play football, dominate possession and create more chances.

“At the moment, because we’ve been conceding so many goals we’ve had to put the brakes on and stop conceding before we go forward.”

Harvey was unaware it was Town’s first back-to-back wins since February, but said that achievement can only boost the squad’s confidence.

“I didn’t realise it was that bad! I’m glad I didn’t know that before the game,” he said.

“I’m glad that’s happened, it’ll give everybody confidence.

“The more performances and results we can pick up the more the confidence and belief will grow within the team.

“If we’re going to play and work for one another then we’ll only get better, things should improve then and certainly three points last week and another three this week certainly puts us in the right direction.”

Despite another win, Harvey warned The Shaymen must keep up their new-found momentum.

“We’re a long way behind with another 20-odd games to go so time is running out,” he said.

“We need to pick up points quickly.

“Forget about the league table for now. We needed to find a performance that we could hang our hat on and reproduce and I think we’ve found that.

“Last week and today is different from what we have been doing. That’s the team working together, looking strong and committed and hard to break down at the moment as opposed to the sixes and sevens we were conceding earlier on.”

Harvey admitted his two wins in temporary charge will strengthen his case for the manager’s job on a permanent basis.

He added: “That’s up to the chairman, all I can do is my job.

“I’ve told him I would like the job and if he feels I’m the right man then I’ll get it.

“Football’s a funny old thing, you never know what’s going to happen.

“But those results won’t do me any harm so we’ll see.”