FC Halifax Town: We needed that comeback, admits Town boss

Actions from Halifax Town v Barrow, at the Shay
Actions from Halifax Town v Barrow, at the Shay

FC Halifax Town boss Neil Aspin admitted he didn’t think his side’s fightback was on the cards after they recorded their first win of the season with a 3-1 victory over Barrow at The Shay.

Andy Cook had headed the visitors in front early in the second-half and Barrow looked the likelier to score again until Town netted three times in the last 10 minutes for their first win since March.

Aspin said: “If ever we needed a comeback it was today.

“For the seventh game in a row we’ve conceded first and I have to admit (the win) didn’t look likely.

“They were controlling the game and we were struggling to make any impression.

“Sometimes you might not have played great but it’s all about the result.

“We didn’t play well but I’m not bothered, it’s just about getting the points.”

Aspin felt his side put in an improved showing defensively and praised the home fans for their support.

He said: “We were more solid than we’ve been. They didn’t have a lot of attempts on goal.

“But I thought in the second-half they started very well. They were strong and in control.

“And it shows you any team in this league is a difficult nut to crack.

“We’ve got a lot of things we need to get better at but again we showed spirit and we’ve kept going and I’m absolutely delighted to get the result.

“To be fair to the crowd, they never got on our backs and I must applaud them for that.

“I thought the crowd were excellent. At times they could’ve got on our backs but I didn’t hear much moaning and groaning and it’s nice they’ve got rewarded with a win.”

Sheffield United loanees CJ Hamilton and David Brooks both made their home debuts in the win, with Hamilton netting Town’s second, and Aspin is happy to have the duo on board.

“I’d had them watched before and then I went to watch them against Leeds on Monday night,” he said.

“I felt they had good attributes, although they’re both young.

“When Matty Glennon got on the bus on Saturday he said ‘I didn’t know I was coming on a creche!’ because the squad is starting to look younger and younger.

“But I think they both showed today that they’re good players and they will get better and develop.

“I didn’t want to start with them, I felt it was too much pressure and that’s the reason Jake Hibbs didn’t start as well.

“When you’re desperate for a result you’ve got to be careful with younger players and I didn’t want to start with too many.

“But the two lads from Sheffield United both had an impact.

Another debutant was midfielder Danny Racchi, who Aspin was also pleased with.

“I felt he was composed, he passed the ball well,” he said.

“I took him off because he’s not played a lot of games.

“We’d spoken a few years ago and it would be fair to say we had a difference of opinion.

“He’s come back on the scene this year and he’s worked hard, trained and he hasn’t been getting paid.

“He’s shown a great willingness that he wants to play for Halifax and it would be wrong of me to discount that.

“I felt he was worth a chance. We’re going to give him a chance and it’s up to Danny to do all his talking on the pitch and if he does I don’t have any problem with that.”

Aspin was relieved to finally get the first win of the season but says there is still work to do.

He added: “I don’t need the chairman, the supporters or the media to tell me - I know if I’m not doing well, I feel it myself.

“You’ve got your own pride and if you’re not winning games it’s not a very nice situation to be in.

“You have a lot of sleepless nights. But I can enjoy this result and I might even have a look at the league table.

“You can’t underestimate how important it is to get that first win and now we’ve got it, we need to do a lot of things better, I still need to look for players.”