Fax boss Harrison calls for positive thinking

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Halifax coach Karl Harrison has called for an end to the “doom and gloom” surrounding his side ahead of Sunday’s Championship trip to Rochdale (3.0).

Harrison has been under fire from sections of the club’s support for some time and saw his side booed from the field at half time and full time during last weekend’s 12-6 home loss to North Wales Crusaders.

“We definitely have a glitch in confidence in the group at the moment; you could see the energy drain from us when Crusaders scored their first try,” said Harrison, whose side had been crushingly dominant during the opening 25 minutes without making it tell on the scoreboard.

“It’s a difficult one; the coaching staff are frustrated by the last few weeks, the players are and I know the supporters are.

“At the same time, we’re trying to get some smiles back in the camp, but it’s difficult because there seems to be a lot of doom and gloom surrounding us.

“Criticism is part of the job for a player or a coach, but some of the things people have said to the boys recently is probably beyond what I think is acceptable.

“We’ve not performed as consistently as we would have liked, but it’s a new team, a relatively young team and it’s a team that’s been put together without the finances of some other clubs in the competition.

“We’re still only two points off second place and we’re working hard to get some confidence and belief back, not just in the team but on the terraces as well.

“I’d just ask people to get behind us over the next few weeks.”

Harrison confirmed that he has half back Simon Brown available again after Batley opted not to extend his loan deal, while Wayne Reittie, Sam Brooks and Paul Mennell are also in the frame.

“After last week, everyone is in the frame,” said Harrison.