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Harrogate Town: Need To Tighten Up

Posted by Kelly Gilchrist
Posted on Sun 28 Aug 2016
Posted in First Team

Josh Wilde expects the Shaymen to bounce back quickly following Saturday’s 3-2 defeat to AFC Fylde on Monday afternoon when FC Halifax Town host Harrogate Town.

The club’s first defeat in the National League North came after a late strike from Fylde’s Bohan Dixon cancelled out Danny Hone’s equaliser in what looked to have rescued the Shaymen a point after Hone scored an unfortunate own goal early in the second half.

It was the most goals FC Halifax Town have conceded in a competitive fixture since a disappointing away trip to Barrow back in March least season (4-1). Wilde admits this is something the players will be looking to put right against Harrogate.

“Losing a league game was inevitable, these things happen. What shouldn’t is the amount of goals we conceded against Fylde, especially given the few attempts they had at our goal. I can’t fault the effort of the players; the work-rate was first class again. But I think as a unit collectively we need to tighten up defensively for the next game, get closer to people” the left back added.

The 24-year-old has no worries in terms of the side creating chances, and believes home advantage will be an added bonus against Harrogate on Monday in Halifax’s hopes of returning back to winning ways instantly on Monday.

“We’ve been playing some great football early on this season. With so many good attacking options we are always going to score goals against any of the opposition in this league” said Wilde.

“A defeat can sometimes be just as important for a side as a victory, especially when you’ve been on a good run such as ourselves. A slight lethargic nature can sometimes creep in, which you can’t afford to have in this league” Wilde added.

“Sometimes you need to revaluate tactics. On a personal note I felt that we were unlucky to come away from Fylde with a defeat. I didn’t see anything in them to be fearful looking at the rest of this league which shows our squad has got real strength” said the left-back.

“We just need to focus as a unit. Keep pushing, keep the ball away from our goal and with the quality we have in attack, should be more than capable of taking all the points against Harrogate” Wilde concluded.

FC Halifax Town’s game with Harrogate is on Bank Holiday Monday, kick-off 3pm.



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