Pete Wild felt that FC Halifax Town put in a strong performance against Notts County in their Vanarama National League encounter at The Shay, with the main difference between the sides being reactions to action in the box.
The manager spoke to Shaymen TV following the defeat to Notts County to give his thoughts on the game, conceding four goals, the penalty decision, and looking ahead to Stockport.
“I thought it was a very even contest,” Wild said. “Both teams tried to win the football match. Unfortunately, our reaction to second balls in our area has let us down.
“To concede four obviously was not good enough. I thought we executed our plan well we forced them one way when we wanted to. We did really well but the second balls in our box has been our undoing.”
Wild was adamant that it was the failure to get on and control the second balls in and around the area that has let the team down.
“It was the second balls in our own box,” Wild continued. “When we do not win the first balls we should be diving on the seconds, but we were not. It was down to the lack of defending and the second balls in our box was especially disappointing. That was why we conceded the goals which was really frustrating.”
At 2-2 The Shaymen were still in the game, however a tackle by Josh Staunton in the box was deemed a foul by referee Speedie. Wild was disappointed with the decision and felt it was the wrong call.
“I thought the penalty, was never a penalty,” Wild said. “I have seen it back and it was not a penalty. Every week we seem to get done by a ridiculous decision. Ultimately that has really cost us because then we push for another goal and get caught on the break.”
Town make the short trip to Stockport County for the Boxing Day fixture. Wild is looking forward to the trip and is confident of taking the three points.
“We need more of the same but need to cut out the mistakes,” he said. “If we cut out the mistakes, we should be able to get the three points. There are loads of games over Christmas, it is great for the neutral. Hopefully we can pick up some wins over this period.”
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