The Shaymen recorded an impressive 5-2 victory over Barnet on Wednesday evening and the gaffer was upbeat in his post-match interview with ShaymenTV.
Pete Wild began the interview by giving his thoughts on the win, saying; “I thought it was another step in the right direction. I think you have seen across our first ten games this season the style of play we want to implement. We weren’t perfect tonight and have areas we could be better, but it just the intensity of the play and how we’re trying to improve and move forward every week – I thought you saw that tonight so again you saw snippets of our style of play and how we want to play this season.”
The Shaymen scored their first goal of the match somewhat 21 seconds in, and Wild spoke about how important the early goal was. “The first goal is important in this league and the stats will tell you that the team who normally gets the first goal normally does alright. For the last three days I’ve spoken about intensity and being on the front foot, and not letting them get started – it was great and we wanted to be more aggressive with our wing backs and you saw that.
“The three things we’ve worked on, on the training ground have created five goals – full credit to the players, they deserve all the credit. They’re attitude and maturity over the last two months, but in particularly these last few days has been nothing short of phenomenal.”
Jeff King scored the opening goal, and it was his first game since returning from a suspension, Wild commented on King; “Jeff is an integral part of this team and he’s getting better and more mature every day. I still think his suspension was harsh, but it is what it is. If you give him time and space then he will hurt you, and what’s pleasing is that he is adding goals to his game. Long may that continue.”
New signing Nyal Bell was the scorer of the second goal, and the gaffer spoke about Bell’s contribution to the game alongside Jake Hyde.
“Bell and Hyde, I thought were excellent tonight, that I think is a great combination. We need to score more goals, of course we do – Nyal has a lot it his game; he has goals, good hold up play and he’s a nuisance – that’s what I wanted him to be; for him to share the role with Hyde.”
Hyde himself got his first goal for the club, and the gaffer commented on the Jake as a player and his attributes.
“Jake is a top-quality player who has scored goals and proved to be a top player at this level. I am really pleased for him and Bell to have scored tonight. Hydey works ever so hard, and he has been injured, and it has taken him a little bit of time to get up to that sharpness and he played one of his best games tonight. He had an all-round game – hold up play and bringing others into the game.
“That’s what I brought him in to do. Baring a couple of dodgy offside decisions, he gets a hattrick. It’s pleasing he’s getting into the areas, and for him to get off the mark – he’ll go home happy and stop thinking about the things he might’ve done and the things he’s now doing.”
Town led 3-0 at half time, and still came out in the second half hungry for more goals – adding another two. Wild summed up the team’s performance by saying; “We delivered the three things we wanted from the training ground and that was pleasing. Second half we could have been better, and I do not think we were great. I speak on 45-60 minutes when teams are at their most vulnerable in the second half, whether you start well or you do not start well.
“We certainly started well, and if there’s anything our intensity is so intense over the last two games – we were probably tired in the last 20 minutes and we looked tired so I tried to get some fresh legs on. But, if someone said to me at the start of the game that you’re going to score five, you’ll give away two poor goals, but you’ll win 5-2, I’m sure at the moment we’ll take it. It’s another step in the right direction.”
Lastly, the side look ahead to Weymouth away on Saturday, the gaffer previewed the game by saying; “We’ve got to dust the lads down in what’s going to be a tough six days in a tough fixture programme across the month. But we will make calculated decisions on team selection and make sure I fresh enough lads for what will be another tough test. Hopefully, we can take another step forward in the right direction.”
Watch the full interview on ShaymenTV.
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