FC Halifax Town: We did enough to win, says Harvey after Lincoln draw

Actions from Halifax Town v Lincoln City, at the Shay
Actions from Halifax Town v Lincoln City, at the Shay

Jim Harvey thought his side did enough to win after FC Halifax Town’s 2-2 draw with Lincoln City at The Shay.

Kingsley James’ 89th minute goal salvaged a draw for The Shaymen, but they spurned some excellent chances during a commanding display, which extended the unbeaten run under Harvey to eight games.

Harvey said: “If we hadn’t got a point it wouldn’t have been justice - we deserved a lot more.

“I thought it was an excellent game and the boys put a really good effort in.

“The Shay is bouncing at the moment, there was a lot of noise, a lot of atmosphere and a really good performance by the boys.

“For their efforts they deserved at least a draw and it possibly should have been three points for the opportunities we created but it was a great game.”

Town fell behind after a quarter of an hour when Craig Stanley fired past Sam Johnson and Harvey was delighted with his team’s response to that early setback.

“It was a test of character to see how we’d cope with that,” he said.

“They surprised me because they came right back into it and we got one back going into half-time.

“There were other opportunities - Kevin Roberts coming in from the right-side had two or three tremendous opportunities.

“I don’t know how we haven’t capitalised and got another goal.

“But it’s not a criticism - it’s great to see the bodies getting forward into the box and those opportunities coming our way.”

Town went behind again when substitute Liam Hearn took advantage of a sloppy back-pass by Hamza Bencherif but again Harvey was pleased with how Town reacted.

“At half-time we were well in control, we didn’t have anything to change,” he said.

“They were doing everything I’d expect of them but then Hamza made a terrible mistake with the back-pass, very similar to the one Tommy Miller made at Eastleigh.

“From nowhere we’ve let them back into the game so that was hard to take.

“But again they’ve responded really well and came back into it and got an equaliser.”

Harvey was mystified at how Halifax took so long to grab their second goal after spurning several good chances before James’ equaliser.

“There were plenty of opportunities, they were coming thick and fast.

“How some of the other opportunities have stayed out I don’t know,” he reflected.

“But Tuton on the left hand side closed the ball down, kept it in play, when it looked like he’d lost it a couple of times he’s managed to keep it in play, won it back, Connor’s got on the end of it.

“It just went on and on and then Kingsley ends up scoring - it was a great feeling when you score and equalise or win the game late on.

“That sort of atmosphere is running through the club at the moment and everybody’s enjoying it.

“I’d have loved it to have been three points but I think we did really well.

“If we want to get out of trouble it’s the performances that are the most important - that’s what’s going to get us the points eventually.”

Harvey said the club were looking to add to the squad and confirmed he was hopeful loanees Sam Johnson and Nicky Wroe would be extending their deals until the end of the season.