FC Halifax Town: Things will change, insists Kelly

Darren Kelly
Darren Kelly

FC Halifax Town boss Darren Kelly insists his side will not be in the National League drop-zone by the end of the season, despite suffering their 10th defeat of the season as they were outplayed in a 3-0 defeat at home to Woking.

Halifax have now conceded 10 goals in their last two home outings after their 7-1 humiliation against Cheltenham, and Kelly admitted his team were not good enough again.

“You’ve got to give them (Woking) credit, he said. “But they played well because we allowed them to.

“I thought at times, like last Saturday, we gave players too much time and too much respect on the ball and lost the one v ones you should win, especially at home.

“You’re getting fantastic support, spending their well-earned money to support you up to the hilt and they don’t deserve what they’re getting.

“But I will change it and make sure that, come the end of the season, we’ll not be where we are.”

Kelly said Town failed to build on their win at Altrincham.

“The scoreline speaks for itself and I’m not going to hide away from that,” he said.

“I thought we were flat. I don’t know if that’s anything to do with Tuesday, when we were excellent and put everything into that.

“Maybe this game came too quickly for us.

“We just weren’t on our game compared to Tuesday.

“I was very hopeful and thought that could be the start of something.

“Confidence plays a big part and after Tuesday’s result I thought the players would be confident and on-song but it wasn’t to be.”

Kelly said debutant Kieran Sadlier was one of the positive aspects from the game, but wants to see more from his more experienced players.

“He came in in difficult circumstances,” he said.

“Trained on Thursday without really knowing the players, but he worked hard and gave an idea of what he’s capable of doing.

“You look at his energy levels, his desire, his commitment.

“I thought the young players from Sheffield United were excellent but they need to be protected that bit more by the senior players.

“At times you’re going to worry about them because they’re so young and with the results they way they are, and that’s why we need to change it very soon, but we will.”

Kelly revealed more new signings are expected soon, with one due in before Tuesday’s trip to Grimsby.

“We’ve got to be strong in central areas but it’s all about having good competition for places,” he added.

“We’re not the biggest squad but you need good competition to come in and fight with the other players for their position.

“We have a list of people we’ve identified that we’d like to bring in and we’ll work hard to do that and hopefully have another one in for Tuesday.”