Managers Reaction: FC Halifax Town (H)

Manager Ian Evatt’s thoughts after our game with FC Halifax Town.

Manager Ian Evatt was pleased with his side, despite bowing out of the FA Trophy against FC Halifax Town. The Bluebirds threw everything at the visitors in a second half that saw them hit the woodwork on several occasions before Halifax struck late on to win it. Evatt was the first to admit it just wasn’t the Bluebirds day.

“We’ve dominated the game second half, completely dominated it in as bad a conditions as I’ve seen a football match played. Some of my boys are borderline hypothermia¬† in there, they’re really struggling, so to play in them conditions was difficult, but some of the stuff we played second half was still outstanding – on another day we could have scored 4 or 5.

It’s just one of them days where it didn’t go in for us. I feel so sorry for Jacob (Blyth), he is doing so much, and he is brilliant for the team, but he has hit the post and the keeper has made a great save from him.”

Evatt made seven changes to the Bluebirds line up, enabling players to get vital game time ahead of an important run of games heading into the festive period, but the manager didn’t think that had anything to do with the result.

“We have made 7 changes but they have all shown they are ready to play, which is important. I don’t think the changes effected the result, 99 times out of 100 we win that game, we can’t have any complaints. We’ve done everything but score second half, we have pinned them in and they I don’t think they have got in our box until they scored the second.

But now we can concentrate on the league, we’ve got some big big games coming up, four games in 9 days against some good opposition and we need to be right for that. We’ve gone out there today and we should have won the game, no two ways about that, we played some fantastic stuff and when there are gale force winds you have to pick your way through, we did that, but unfortunately we didn’t get the goals.

We go again next week, we’ve got some big fish to fry. We need to go into each game trying to win, we have nothing and nobody to fear, we’ve shown that in every game. We’ve been more than competitive and we just need to keep doing what we’re doing.”

Defender Matty Elsdon returned against Halifax after a long term injury sustained during our away league game against the same opposition earlier this season, and the manager was delighted with him.

“He did great, I was really pleased. He did the basics of defending really well, but also showed that he can play with his feet and play it out from the back making some good positive passes forwards through the line, hitting the front man. He did really well for his first game back.”

As we look ahead to next week’s trip to Solihull, the first of four games in nine days, the Bluebirds boss was keen to stress the atmosphere within the squad remains high.

“It’s not ideal that we got beat, but we got beat playing the right way and didn’t deserve to lose. We played really well, it was a good performance in the conditions. You’ve got to look at the game in isolation, we played against the wind in the first half and did they do to us in the that half what we did to them in the second half, definitely not. We created chance after chance, hit the post, hit the bar and they got in our box once and scored, sometimes it just isn’t your day.

There’s lots to be positive and pleased about, but we’ve got to go back to basics now, back to the league and get three points next Saturday.”