FC Halifax Town’s Kevin Roberts praised substitutes Shaquille McDonald and Josh MacDonald after they both combined to score the vital winner which lifts The Shaymen out of the relegation zone.

He said: “To have Shaquille (McDonald) and Josh (MacDonld) who set up the goal, it’s brilliant to have a bit of pace coming off the bench when the legs are tired.




“I know myself when I see a quick lad come on I don’t enjoy it and my legs are tired. Obviously it paid for us at the end there because Josh came on and he was lively, put a good few crosses in and Shaq got us the winner.

“The lads dug in, few tired legs obviously from the Gateshead game which went to extra time, as you could see the pitch was nothing special, it was heavy on the legs but as we said before the game we wanted a clean sheet and we thought we could nick a goal.

“We just didn’t think it would take until the 89th minute or whenever it was and we were looking to the fresh legs that come on with Shaq (McDonald) and he nicked us the winner.”

The 1-0 win comes after Town’s FA Trophy quarter final victory on penalties against Gateshead on Wednesday night which also saw Shaquille McDonald come off the bench to grab a goal for Town and Roberts believes the result is vital to the league position, he added:

“It just gives the lads a bit of confidence and a bit of belief, we have two FA Trophy games coming up so we are going to be games behind so we wanted to push out of their (relegation zone) so when we go back to the league we are still out there or still within a point or two so it’s just nice to get the three points on board.”

“The ball was bouncing everywhere so just trying to clear the ball was difficult, if you put your foot right through it then your standing leg would go so you had to be careful, there was a few scary moments but the lads covered each other and helped each other out and that’s how we got the clean sheet in the end.”

Source: www.halifaxafc.co.uk


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