We’re moving in the right direction, says Peniket

Richard Peniket
Richard Peniket

Richard Peniket believes Halifax are going in the right direction after recording five consecutive wins for the first time in over two years.

Peniket started up front in Halifax’s 2-0 win at Harrogate on Saturday - their fifth win on the bounce in all competitions and their fourth clean sheet in five games.

But the Town forward doesn’t want the team to stop there and reckons such form could inspire The Shaymen to even greater heights.

“That’s the first time Harrogate have lost at home this season and I thought we played a lot more football as a team.

“I thought it was a really good win. That’s five wins on the bounce now and it could really kick-start us to go and push on.

“When we lost to them 1-0 at home it was a poor day for us. But I thought we were on it from the start.

“We played in their half for most of the game. I thought we dominated in pretty much every part of the pitch so it was a really good day for us and it will build confidence for the next few fixtures.”

Halifax have only collected two more points (13) at home than they have away (11) so far in the league, and have won as many matches at The Shay than on their travels.

“Sometimes I think teams come to us and sit back, and it can be hard to break down,” said Peniket. “It can be a bit stifling.

“At times I think we’ve been better away from home, but I thought Harrogate was probably the most impressive away performance this season.

“In terms of results this is the best we’ve done. But I still think we can add performances to results sometimes.

“Other than that I think five consecutive wins speaks for itself and we’re moving in the right direction now.”

Peniket was given a rare start as a central striker at Harrogate - having often played on the left-wing under Billy Heath - with Tom Denton dropping to the bench for the first time this season.

“I’ve played in the number 10 role but as a striker I think that’s the first time I’ve played there (up-front) this season,” Peniket added.

“I think that’s where I’m most effective and that’s the position I want to play but I’m happy to do a job anywhere for the team.

“But I enjoyed it at Harrogate.

“It can be hard getting up and down playing on the left but sometimes it’s good when you can get on the ball and cut in and shoot on your right foot.

“There are games where you feel out of the game and I feel more of a natural up-front than on the wing, but I think I can do a good job there if needed.

“But I put a good shift in for the team. I’ve got good legs, I can take players on - I just think it maybe suits the team in terms of balance when I play on the left.”