We weren’t good enough, says Aspin after Woking defeat

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Neil Aspin conceded his side were beaten by the better team after FC Halifax Town’s 3-1 defeat by Woking at the Shay.

Town suffered their third straight defeat after being outplayed by the Cards, who raced into a 3-0 lead before Paul Marshall’s penalty.

The Town boss said his team were as bad as he could remember in recent years.

“I have to say we were beaten by the better team,” he said.

“We weren’t good enough, especially in the first-half, where we were as poor as I’ve seen us probably in the last few years.

“I don’t want to take away from the opposition because they were very good.

“They were better than us today, deserved to win and from ourselves it wasn’t good enough.

“We need to get better. We’ve done well in home games over the last year and a half, but to day we were nowhere near it.

“If we don’t improve then we’re not going to pick up results so we’ve got a lot of hard work to do.

“We’ve got to look at ourselves. It was very poor.

“I want to put out a team that at least gives the crowd something to cheer for and represents the supporters and the club and we haven’t done that today.

“We need to work hard and get back to what we’re good at on Saturday.

“As a manager you feel for your supporters when you’re at home and you don’t do yourselves justice.

“It’s certainly the worst I’ve felt all season and it’s not a nice feeling.

“But it’s only three points, we’ve got to go again and we’ve got to be better.”

Aspin praised Guiseppe Sole’s stunning opener for Woking but said his side must improve defensively.

“They’ve got some really good quality,” he said. “It’s a fantastic strike for the goal, wonderful goal.

“But they were getting first to everything anyway so the goal was coming all the time.

“Yes, you’re disappointed when you concede, but anybody could see they were on top.

“The second goal was unfortunate with the deflection but when the ball’s dropped we’ve got players there.

“You have to make sure you get the tackle in and the lad doesn’t score.

“That is a real body blow. At 1-0 you’ve got a chance.

“At 2-0, especially in the first-half, it’s making it difficult.

“I thought we were having a spell where we were doing better at 2-0, which wouldn’t be hard after our first-half.

“And then we concede another poor goal. you can not play well and still stay in the game.

“But you can’t keep giving goals away like that.

“We’ve had our success when we’ve been tight at the back and defended properly but today we haven’t defended well.”

Town again started with three central defenders before switching to 4-3-3 in the second-half.

But Aspin insisted his players need to concentrate on getting the basics right.

“We wanted to play like we did last year with the one up-front - we’ve been successful with that,” he said.

“But with the personnel we have we’ve not been able to find a formation that suited playing one striker.

“So we’ve tried to change formations and get a second striker up there and that’s why you end up playing three at the back.

“You’re always trying to get a better balance so ideally you’d like to have somebody left-footed on the left side.

“You can play any formation, you can spend all week doing tactics - it’s alright in theory but it’s all about on the pitch.

“If you don’t get close to players, you don’t close them down and you don’t work hard then it’s not the formation, it’s down to a lot of other things.

“I have to come up with a team that can get a result on Saturday and we need to get a performance and result we can take into the rest of the season.”

Loanee Josh Gilles missed out on his home debut after picking up an injury in training at Carlisle.

“It’s disappointing because I expected him to be able to play but he’s not fit after getting injured in training which is unfortunate,” added Aspin.

“But whether he could have done anything on today’s performance - one player couldn’t have changed today’s performance.

“If you’re poor all round then it would’ve taken a lot more than one player to change the outcome of that game.”