Pete Wild’s first home game in charge of the Shaymen saw them cruise to a 2-0 win over Hartlepool and he spoke to Kelly Gilchrist following the win.
“Yeah, I thought we had work hard in the first twenty-five minutes and they gave us the run around. We tactically tweaked things which we didn’t expect them to come in a diamond and when we did that, we looked more dominant. Hartlepool threw a lot at us tonight and we had to show the ugly side of the game which people have questioned whether we can do that or not. That showed yes, we are a good footballing side and, we can play the ugly side as well.
Wild named an unchanged side from the weekend and talked through why he had done that.
“I’m one of them, if the lads have done well you should reward them. There is nothing worse as a footballer than doing well and then getting taken out of the team. I stuck with the same team because I wanted to reward them for how well they played on Saturday. Unfortunately Danny (Williams) picked up a little injury tonight but one thing that has really pleased me is that when one of the subs have come on in both games they have affected the game, which as a coach is what you want the subs to do and give a positive impact.”
“The last 15 minutes of the first half we did well, and we got a grip of their shape which I was pleased with and going into the second half I thought we became more dominant. Hartlepool were a threat but what we had was a back four and two holding midfielders who threw their bodies on the line. I’m really proud of everybody tonight as people thought we were a footballing side, but we have shown we are not just that”
Wild praised his team for what they had done in training and saw them implicate it into their game.
“Jamie Allen’s run was a carbon copy of Saturday. We have been talking in training about low shots across the keeper and following them in so, them doing it tonight really pleased me because as a coach they are doing what we are asking from them.”
The Gaffer was happy that Tobi Sho-Silva had got his first goal in a Halifax Town shirt.
“I’m really pleased for him to get off the mark and that’ll give him bags of confidence and hopefully he will drive forward from that.”
As the Shaymen stayed at the top of the table Wild was humble about their start and is taking it a month at a time.
“Really pleased with the start but it’s only a start now we have to remain grounded. We keep talking about confidence not arrogance and we have to try and get as many points as possible. We have a target for points in August which the players have set and we are driving for that points total.”
Over 2000 Halifax fans turned up to the Shay and the Gaffer was chuffed about the attendance.
“I enjoyed that atmosphere tonight they really created a great atmosphere. Hopefully we can offer the same on the pitch so you can have something to cheer about. Like I said all week it is all of us together not just the players. They’ll be the high moments, low moments but we all have to stick together.”
An hour before the game new signing Liam McAlinden was announced and he made an impact in the ten minutes he played. Wild was asked what he would bring to the table.
“Pace, power, goals. A young lad that has done well with his younger career and has been on trial with a league one club and done excellently in pre-season and just not been took on. I feel like we are a club who can look after these young players and make them better.”
Looking forward to the Shaymen’s game against Dagenham and Redbridge, Wild was not relenting with his pressure on the players.
“Definitely we want to back them up and the two results are pointless without another positive result and so can we back it up on Saturday, that is the message in the dressing room.”
Next Game: FC Halifax Town vs Dagenham & Redbridge – Saturday 10th August 3pm
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