FC Halifax Town: We’re not out of the woods yet, says Harvey

Jim Harvey
Jim Harvey

Caretaker-manager Jim Harvey is warning his FC Halifax Town side things will get tougher ahead of their West Yorkshire derby with Guiseley tomorrow (3.0).

Town have recorded back-to-back wins for the first time since February with victories over Gateshead and Dover.

But they are still six points adrift of safety and have won just twice at home all season.

Harvey is determined his squad don’t become complacent after impressive recent performances and says they’re not out of the woods yet.

“They’ve turned the corner, but it will get harder,” he said.

“We need to make sure they don’t lose their concentration and start getting ahead of themselves.

“They’ve had a hard time then they’ve got two good results, and you can get a bit cocky, thinking ‘this is easy’.

“But the opposition start looking at you differently, analysing your games a bit closer.

“Rather than thinking ‘this is an easy three points’ they see you’re starting to turn it round and instead want to make it difficult for you.”

Defenders Kevin Roberts and Matty Brown are slight doubts with a groin injury and a back strain respectively.

Roberts picked up his injury against Guiseley in the FA Cup in October and tweaked the problem again last Saturday.

Brown had to be taken off with his injury against Dover, and could be replaced by loanee Ben Clappison if he fails to recover.

Harvey said the loan signings of Sam Johnson from Port Vale, Shaquille McDonald from Derby and Clappison from Hull were made so the club weren’t left short on numbers before the start of the January transfer window.

The caretaker-boss also reiterated his desire to take the manager’s role on a permanent basis.

“I’m in charge for Saturday but ultimately it’s down to the chairman,” he said.

“Every interview I seem to be talking about it.

“I know it’s on everybody’s mind but I can’t say anything different to what I’ve already said.

“I’ve been left in charge. I want the job and it’s gone well so far.”

Harvey is happy with the response he’s had from the Town squad since taking temporary charge.

He said: “They’ve done what they’ve been asked to do.

“The number of goals we were conceding was ridiculous but we’ve slowed them down, which is good.

“Then the main focus has been going forward and we’ve been able to capitalise on the opportunities we’ve created, which has been a plus, but we’ve got to continue with that.”

Harvey is keen to see his side maintain their recent performance levels and believes The Shaymen go into the game with Guiseley in good shape.

He added: “We’re only part-time so it’s difficult to assess but training has gone well this week.

“We’ve got a couple of wins and with the goals we’ve scored as well, the boys’ spirits will be up.”