Following FC Halifax Town’s disappointing 2-1 defeat in the FA Trophy, manager Pete Wild spoke to Shaymen TV to give his thoughts on the game.
“There wasn’t really anything in the game,” Wild said. “We looked sluggish for the first 20 minutes. They scored early on whilst we looked way off the pace. We often do look off the pace when we have had a longer break. But then as the game went on we got our press sorted and we went into the break on top. We said there was nothing to lose in the second half so we wanted to exploit their weaknesses and that was rewarded with a really well worked goal. That was a goal that was really typical of us. From that point on it only looked like there was one team going to win it, but they then bring on some real quality players. They created a chance from nothing and it has won them the game. So we’re disappointed with the result but there were some pleasing aspects of our play.”
Town got off to a slow start and were punished after just three minutes with Notts County forward Ruben Rodrigues scoring with the first real chance of the game.
“We started really slowly,” Wild told Shaymen TV. “We’ve had a longer break with the postponement last weekend. I don’t like breaks. They don’t do any good for us and it just means we’re lower on game-time than we should be. But then after that there was only one team looking to attack and we have created chances.”
The Shaymen netted the equaliser on the hour mark after a great team move was capped off by Billy Waters getting his 16th goal in all competitions.
“It was a proper goal,” Wild said. “I know people are saying to sling it and boot it into the box, but that isn’t how we play. That goal sums up how we play. How we play is the reason why we have scored some really great goals this season and that was no different.”
The defeat means Town are out of the FA Trophy and will look to focus on the league with our next fixture coming against Dover Athletic next Saturday.
“It’s all about these 18 games then,” Wild told Shaymen TV. “We’ve got 18 games left this season to achieve something. This is a big week for us so we need to prepare right. We’ll have a training game on Tuesday which some of the lads will feature in. We will be ready for Saturday back at the Shay to face Dover.”
Watch the full interview on Shaymen TV.
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