FC Halifax Town: Win needs to spark our season, says Brown

Actions from FC Halifax Town v Cheltenham at the Shay, Halifax. Matty Brown
Actions from FC Halifax Town v Cheltenham at the Shay, Halifax. Matty Brown

Matt Brown wants the Town squad to use last Saturday’s win at Gateshead as a springboard for the rest of the season.

The Shaymen romped to a 4-1 win last weekend despite goalkeeper Russell Griffiths’ sending-off in the first-half.

Despite that, Town remain bottom of the league and are seven points adrift of safety.

It was only Halifax’s third league win of the season, but Brown believes it could provide the team with the impetus they need to finally start climbing the table.

“The lads rolled up their sleeves and I think you saw the true character of the team there.

“Obviously results haven’t gone for us this season and people are your back and questioning you but we stood up as men.

“It’s time we started getting points on the board now.

“You need little sparks in football to get yourself going and we’ve got to use this and look back at the end of the season and say Gateshead away was our spark.

“We need to use this and kick on from it, start getting points on the board.

“We’re at home next in front of our own fans and hopefully they get behind us and we can build on it.”

Brown believes the squad is good enough to haul themselves up the table, but admits Town got into a punishing losing habit before the win at Gateshead.

“It’s been frustrating because we’ve known amongst the squad that we’ve got it,” he said.

“Obviously the fans might see different things but that’s what’s been mostly frustrating us as players - we know on paper most people would get in most teams in this league.

“For some reason, it just hasn’t happened. I think we’ve just allowed losing to become a habit but when you start winning that can become a habit as well.

“We know we can go against anyone in this league on our day but it’s about staying in the game at vital moments.

“When they (Gateshead) got the penalty and scored the goal, on another day we could’ve gone on and conceded two or three more but we’ve stood up and bounced back quickly.

“I think there was only one winner in the game to be honest.”

The former Chester defender made his first start in more than a month last Saturday and arguably produced his best display of the season so far, having featured in only five of Darren Kelly’s 10 games in charge.

“I played early on for him and then I went out of the team,” he said.

“It’s a tough life for a manager in any league but it’s a difficult one for me to comment on because we only had a short space of time with him but results tell the story at the end of the day, rightly or wrongly.

“But I’ve got nothing but good things to say about him, he was a top fella.

“Things didn’t work out but that’s football - these things happen.

“We’ve just got to get on with it and I’m sure he’ll get another opportunity somewhere, but it wasn’t to be with us.”

The 25-year-old has played in 14 of Halifax’s 24 games this term, but is pragmatic about his sporadic appearance rate.

“It’s been up and down but you’ve got to try and keep a level head, and be ready when you’re asked to play,” he said.

“There’s no point sulking about it and then not doing yourself justice when you get thrown in.

“You’ve just got to be professional about it and make sure you’re ready.”

Brown is at a loss to explain Town’s awful start to the season, but is hoping for a repeat performance from last weekend for Saturday’s clash with Dover.

“If I knew what it was I think I’d be the new manager!

“You’ve just got to look at what we’ve done well at Gateshead and build on that,” he added.

“Hopefully we can repeat it on Saturday and put in a similar performance.

“It’s all about repetition and if if you get into good habits, they stick.

“We’ll be looking to do everything we did well at Gateshead on Saturday, the build up to it in training and the execution in the game.

“We’re at home so hopefully we can get back-to-back wins and take a bit of pressure off us going in to the Christmas period.

“It’s going to be tough but we’ve got enough quality in that changing room to get out of the position we’re in.”