Halifax boss content with a point at in-form Daggers
PUBLISHED: 16:00 11 December 2018
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Essex club had won four in a row prior to Saturday's game, compared to Shaymen's solitary league victory in 14 matches
Jamie Fullarton was pleased to see his Halifax Town team gain a point at in-form Dagenham & Redbridge in the Vanarama National League.
Ahead of Saturday’s game, Daggers were the form side in the division having won their last four matches.
Peter Taylor’s men looked to be heading for another triumph when Jack Munns fired them ahead in the 60th minute.
However, Nathan Clarke pulled the Shaymen level when heading home a corner 10 minutes from time.
It was a battling point for Town having had to play for with 10 men for almost an hour after Josh Staunton was dismissed in the first half.
And with all things considered, Town manager Fullarton was happy enough with the draw at Victoria Road.
“When you put the result into context given how the game transpired, I think we were more confident and had more belief in what we were doing,” said the 44-year-old.
“Coming into the game, we were playing the team in form who had won six of their last seven on their patch.
“To lose a player after 35 minutes and be down to 10 men makes it an uphill task, but the response and determination shown by the players meant they got what they thoroughly deserved.
“Even going down 1-0, we managed to stay in the game and get something from it.”
Fans and officials from both clubs would have had reason to be disappointed with the performance of referee Richard Hulme on Saturday, who had what can only be described as an interesting afternoon in the middle.
Hulme dished out seven cards in total, including reds to both Staunton and Daggers captain Ben Nunn in stoppage time at the end of the match.
Even with the most clear-cut of fouls, it was hard to know which way Hulme would award the free-kick.
And Fullarton expressed his disappointment with the official’s performance following the match.
“I think if you take a wider look at it, there were a number of yellow cards as well that showed a lack of understanding of what a contact sport it is,” he added.
“That led to us being punished on more than one occasion and not just the red card, but the yellow card too.
“We want officials to manage the game, not influence it and I don’t think that was the case today.”