We deserved Aldershot win, says Town boss

Neil Aspin
Neil Aspin

Neil Aspin said his side did enough to earn their 1-0 win over Aldershot to stay joint-top of the Conference Premier.

Substitute Ross Dyer’s first goal for the Shaymen sealed Town’s sixth victory in their opening seven games and preserved their 100 per cent home record.

The Town boss admitted his team were below-par in the first-half but was pleased with their response after the interval.

He said: “It was a very tough game. I thought the first-half was very poor, and that’s no slight on Aldershot because the onus is on us as the home team to play better than we did and to put them under pressure, which we didn’t do.

“It was a very lacklustre first-half performance but after the break we did a lot better, put their goal under more pressure, worked their keeper a bit more, made a few chances and I felt in the end we deserved to win the game.”

Dyer’s last goal came in the FA Cup for Mansfield in a 4-1 defeat against Oldham last December, and Aspin was delighted to see his striker geto ff the mark.

“I feel really pleased for Ross, it’s great for him to get off the mark.

“Different players settle at the club at different times and circumstances dictate which players start and which don’t.

“But over the season I know Ross will chip in with goals. I thought his hold up play was good.

“He’s a valuable member of the squad and I’m delighted he’s got the goal today because he is a good lad.”

Aspin said the result should have been put beyond doubt late on when Dyer and Scott Boden both spurned clear chances.

“We’ve had two one-on-one’s with the keeper where we should have scored and it would have been nice, that would have settled everybody down,” he said.

“We could have then seen the game out comfortably but at 1-0 you’re never going to have it easy because they’ve got nothing to lose.

“If they get any dead balls it comes into the box and it can always cause a bit of panic.

“Certainly you don’t like to see five minutes (added time) going up when you’re winning 1-0, and when that stretches to six-and-a-half minutes it makes for a tense end to the game but we got the result.”

Aspin was presented with the manager of the month award for August before the game, but insisted the praise should go to his squad for Town’s impressive start.

He said: “You like to get any awards because it reflects well on how the team’s doing.

“It’s an award for myself but I feel it’s an award for my staff as well who work very hard - Lee Nogan, Jon Worthington, Karl Lineghan and Ian Helliwell who all contribute as well as the players.

“The players are the key to everything so I get the award but I think it’s the players who deserve the credit because they’ve gone out and got the points.”

The Town manager also dismissed speculation linking him with the vacancy at Carlisle United.

He added: “I can’t stop people linking me or speculating but there’s always speculation and a lot of the time it means absolutely nothing.

“As far as I’m concerned there’s nothing in it at all.

“There’s been lots of speculation but I’ve signed a new contract, I’m happy to be manager of Halifax, I’m certainly not looking to leave the club.

“I feel it’s unfair on Halifax as a club and to Halifax supporters who’ve given me good backing that a lot of time is spent talking about speculation about myself.

“That’s out of my hands and it’s nothing to do with me. I’d rather focus on the team.

“The players’ performances on the pitch is the reason why clubs may or may not be interested in me as a manager.

“It’s them who I would like to focus the attention on because they deserve it, they’ve worked exceptionally hard and they keep doing that week in, week out.