Absolutely gutted by this; have just arrived home. First and foremost congratulations to Halifax for a near faultless defensive performance. Apart from a few minutes before half time where we hit the post and bar, we created very little, and I doubt we would have scored if we were still playing. Halifax were compact, disciplined, calm and very impressive and in truth their giant of a goalkeeper had less to do than ours did. Our recent run has been built on decent deliveries into the box and PM being stronger and more determined than those marking him. Not so today, Mark Yeates had more of the ball than any player on the pitch and its no criticism of him, but it just didn't work for him, balls were either too short, too wide or too near the keeper. I think PM had one free header in the whole game and he put it harmlessly over the bar. I didn't think we used the wind to our advantage in that second half, and we looked a very tired team in those last few minutes.
For me the best defensive performance I have seen at the Silverlake and hats off to Halifax. In the cold light of day, we were outmanoeuvred by the better team. EFC have nothing to be ashamed of, every player gave 100%, today it just didn't happen. Roll on the next one.
Yes, didn't work for us today - Yeates was double/triple marked a lot of the time, and when he did break free he had an off-day. But it goes to show how much we reply on him for creativity. Hollands and Gobern in the middle worked hard but created very little. Nor did the full/wing backs today.
I was shouting for a Zebroski/Williamson and Gobern/Miley double substitution about 15 minutes before it actually happened (should have happened earlier).
We had a good 20-minute spell before half-time, when they defended well and we were unlucky not to score, but in the second half we faded and they were the better team.
Their goal was awful from our point of view, but considering that we used to concede that sort of goal at least once a game, it shows you how far we've come. Only player who played well for us was Luke Southwood - otherwise the scoreline could have been worse. As michelefc said, credit to Halifax, they rode their luck a couple of times when we did actually create something, but otherwise a solid defensive performance and they always looked dangerous coming forward. They cut out Yeates well, which, as I say, if other teams copy that, will leave us short of options. Let's hope this is a one-off. Also, my crowd estimate(s) were way off - hadn't realised how many free tickets we shifted. Shame the kids saw a disappointing match, but hopefully they enjoyed it, enjoyed the facilities, and will be back.
Fair summary of the game, Michael. It just wasn't going to be our day. No complaints about our performance, Halifax had really done their homework on us and had one of the strongest defences we've seen at the Silverlake this season. A lot of our players were not at their best today, but I thought Oscar Goburn had one of his best games for us. Don't know who was nominated as our MOTM, but Luke Southwood had another good game. Just not one of our better days at the office today, but we're still in the playoff places, just. Let's hope for better stuff at Chesterfield next week.