Guiseley’s players learnt a harsh lesson on Tuesday night, reckons the Blue Square Bet North club`s manager Steve Kittrick.
After leading 3-1 at half-time at home to FC Halifax Town, the Lions lost an incident-packed derby 4-3 – and with it their 100 per cent home record in the league.
“Fair play to Halifax, but we didn’t play in the second half,” said Kittrick.
“I said to my players afterwards ‘Do you enjoy feeling like this?, and they said ‘no’, and I said ‘Well don’t let it happen again’.
“We did the same against Droyls-den but we have good players and haven’t become a bad side overnight.
“If you had offered me seven wins, a draw and two defeats from our first ten league games, I would have been delighted. In fact, we are two points better off than the target we had set ourselves. But Halifax dominated the last 15 minutes of the first half, and the 3-1 scoreline just papered over the cracks a bit.”
The drama didn’t end with the goals, however, as Guiseley had substitute Joe O’Neill sent-off for elbowing Halifax defender Liam Hogan, and the visitors’ James Dean was red-carded for dissent after the final whistle.
Kittrick said; “I have known Joe for several years and he isn’t nasty, so I find it difficult to believe what he has been sent off for.
“But Dean should have been sent-off in normal time for the same offence against Michael Burns.”