The one thing you wouldn’t associate Town winger Matty Kosylo with is a lack of confidence. But the virtuoso midfielder admits his confidence has taken a dip amid his team’s poor form that led to manager Billy Heath’s departure last week.

Town have generally played well this season when Kosylo has played well; Halifax’s best form this season of six wins from eight games between August 19 to September 23 coincided with five goals in six appearances for Kosylo. The former Nantwich man has found the net twice in five games since returning from a medial ligament injury, but when asked what he thought had caused the team’s poor form that led to Heath’s dismissal, he said: “I don’t think anything changed.

“For me personally, it’s down to a lack of confidence at the minute. I can’t speak on behalf of the other players but it was evident last Tuesday (against Leyton Orient) that a lot of the balls we were getting from the back were nervy, were going out of play, we didn’t play much football, I was giving the ball away a lot and it just culminates in a lot of things.

“You get bad results and you start worrying about conceding rather than thinking about scoring. It just becomes a bit negative.

“But nothing specifically changed, nothing made us have the form we’ve had.”

When asked what his reaction was when he heard Heath had left, Kosylo said: “I was a bit shocked. You don’t really ever expect it until it happens, unless there’s some serious unrest in the camp, but there wasn’t.”

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