FC Halifax Town: We got punished for our mistakes, says Southwell

Actions from Halifax Town v Leyton Orient, at The Shay. Dayle Southwell
Actions from Halifax Town v Leyton Orient, at The Shay. Dayle Southwell

Striker Dayle Southwell admitted Town were punished for their mistakes in the 2-1 defeat at Havant and Waterlooville on Saturday.

The Shaymen’s winless league run now stands at 12 games after that result, which saw Tyler Cordner and Alfie Rutherford put the hosts in command before Niall Maher got a goal back.

Southwell said: “I thought first-half we looked the better side.

“We created chances which we probably should have put away.

“Second-half we didn’t come out like we should have done and we got punished for mistakes.

“It’s not good enough if we want to turn up in the last 10 minutes and give it a go when we’re already 2-0 down.

“We need to do that from the start.

“They are a side we should be beating, home or away. We know that as a team.

“We know we haven’t been good enough.”

When asked why Town hadn’t performed well enough, Southwell said: “I don’t know. We played well first-half, then we came out second-half, and, we just seemed to go in our shells a bit, and they took advantage of that.

“In the back of people’s minds, they know we haven’t won for a while in the league, and maybe that’s affecting us, but it can’t.

“We need to stay positive, keep focused, and get that win.

“You always believe you can win a game but when you’re out there and you haven’t won for a long time it’s difficult.

“But we can’t use any excuses. We should be winning games like this, and that’s the end of the story.”