FC Halifax manager Jamie Fullarton wants his side to continue their 100% record at the MBi Shay Stadium tomorrow when Leyton Orient visit. Fullarton’s Halifax host unbeaten Orient but with his side sitting fourth, the recently named Manager of the month is confident his side can pick up a result. Speaking to halifaxtown.co.uk “we’ll be approaching it in the same way and preparing like we do, regardless of who we play. We’ll be looking to do something similar as we did on Tuesday only this time get three points”
- Two points off top spot
- Only lost one of their last home games – W8 D2 L1
- Halifax and Wrexham are the only teams in the National League not to trail at home so far this season
The Shaymen continued their early season form with a 0-0 draw at Wrexham on Tuesday night. Fullarton felt his side could have picked up all three points at the Racecourse but was proud of his side efforts. Speaking to Halifax Courier “sometimes the score doesn’t reflect the game, good, bad or indifferent so that’s where the barometer sits. That’s what you take great pride from, the players as a group, every time giving everything they’ve got understanding what’s being asked of them and showing real intention to put into practice”.
Striker Jonathon Edwards felt his side were dominant and was disappointed they didn’t pick up the victory. Edwards who joined in the Summer has played in every game this season stated to halifaxtown.co.uk “I thought the way we dominated and we were dangerous especially on the counter, we deserved to do better with the chances we created”.
- Scored in eight of their nine league games – all four at home
- Eight of their 13 goals have been scored in second half
Halifax have taken 17 points from their opening nine games – their best total since 2014. Fullarton highlighted that the great start was down to his team, “players who are responsive, who take responsibility and who have a resilience and a willingness to listen, learn, believe and trust” (Halifax Courier). Losing just two games Fullarton credited the mind set his side has adopted “when you go into every game feeling you can win, then you put yourself into a real good position to win the game” (Halifax Courier)
Fullarton took over at the Shay back in February when his side were just above the relegation zone. After guiding them to safety the former Notts County man has continued where he left off this season. The clash with Orient will be Halifax’s third consecutive game against a top seven side but Fullarton was pleased with how his side dealt with the occasion at Wrexham. Speaking to Halifax Courier “what was pleasing tonight was composure, a confidence and a feeling of belief that we’re here in a top of the table clash because we deserve to be”.
- Kept five league clean sheets – Three at home
- Only Wrexham (six) have kept more
- Two clean sheets in their last three
- Three of their six goals conceded have been in last 15 minutes of games
The visit of Orient will see the Shaymen look for a fifth consecutive home win for the first time since 2013 with Edwards aware that it won’t be easy for Orient tomorrow. Speaking to halifaxtown.co.uk “from previous times playing them, they’ll be quite physical forwards and at the back so we have got to be on our game. I feel like we’ll give them a game, we haven’t lost at home yet so it’ll be tough for them to come here as well”.
Ben Tomlinson, Michael Duckworth, Ryan Sellers and Josh Staunton are all doubtful after missing the trip to Wrexham in midweek due to injury. Niall Maher should play some part after returning to action on Tuesday.
Head to Head – Leyton Orient 11, Draw 4, FC Halifax and (Halifax Town) 5
(including record of Halifax Town before reformation in 2008 to FC Halifax Town
- Halifax have only won one of the last 12 meetings between sides – W1 D3 L8
- Halifax have not won at home since 1988 – D2 L4
Last Time out – vs Wrexham