FC Halifax Town: Heath full of praise after friendly win over Blades

FC Halifax Town manager Billy Heath.
FC Halifax Town v Sheffield United.  Pre-season friendly.  19 July 2016. Picture Bruce Rollinson
FC Halifax Town manager Billy Heath. FC Halifax Town v Sheffield United. Pre-season friendly. 19 July 2016. Picture Bruce Rollinson

Town boss Billy Heath was delighted with his team’s performance after they beat League One Sheffield United 2-0 at The Shay.

Halifax remain unbeaten in pre-season thanks to second-half goals from substitutes Connor Hughes and Richard Peniket.

Heath said his side deserved the win after what was an impressive display against The Blades.

He said: “You always want to put a performance in, especially at home, but we played really well.

“Yes Sheffield United had more of the ball but I thought we did really well.

“It was an even game but on balance I thought we deserved to win.

“The performance is secondary to the result - there’s no point having a great performance and losing.

“I know it’s only pre-season but I’ve said to the boys all along that we want performances.

“Pre-season results are important though because you want that winning mentality as quickly as you can.

“The result was the icing on the cake but the performance was great as well.

“I thought every single player, whether they started or came off the bench, were all excellent and all brought something to the table.”

Heath said defender Cliff Moyo was the stand-out player on the night, but picked out several others who impressed him.

The Town boss said: “I thought Cliff was tremendous. If you’re going to pick a man-of-the-match then I thought he was outstanding.

“There were some top performances out there and it’s harsh to pick somebody out but he was exceptional.

“The front-three in Denton, Burrow and Peniket were all outstanding when they were on and defensively we were superb.

“I rotated the three centre-halves - Garner, Hone and Hotte - and they were superb.

“Down the middle of the pitch there were really good performances and Josh Macdonald had a great 60 minutes.”