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Solihull Moors: I’m Convinced It Was A Penalty

Following FC Halifax Town’s 0-0 draw against Solihull Moors, manager Pete Wild spoke to Shaymen TV to give his thoughts on the game.

“It’s clear there were two decent sides who cancelled each other out,” Wild said. “They’ve cancelled our threats and we’ve done it to them. We tried to change it and break them down, but it didn’t work tonight. However, it’s another point on the board, another clean sheet and we move on. I’ve just told the players that sometimes you have to accept that some teams will come to stop you and nullify you. They are a top team. They score goals for fun, they always score. We’ve stopped them doing that but we just couldn’t break them down at the other end.”

Town created a few chances in the first half but failed to create anything clear cut whilst preventing Solihull from doing the same.

“We’ve started the last two home games well,” Wild told Shaymen TV. “We got on the front foot and tried to pin them back. We got our shape right in terms of letting them have the first one. What Solihull want is for you to come after them, then there are gaps for them to roll into and then they’ll bop you to death. For the first half an hour they resorted to knocking it long which is what we wanted. We were pleased throughout the evening with our shape out of possession. We knew that that would be the difference between us winning and losing but we just couldn’t break them down at the other end.”

With time running out, Billy Waters went down inside the box and Wild believes the referee should have given a penalty.

“I think it’s a penalty,” Wild said. “I think he’s pulled him down, I’m convinced it’s a penalty, I’ve told the referee that. But, in a big game like that, they aren’t going to give them because they don’t want to be the one that puts their head above the parapet so late in the game. I’m not surprised he didn’t give it, but it was a penalty.”

Town’s next fixture sees them host Woking for the third home game in a week and Wild is expecting a more physical encounter.

“Knowing Darren and the players he has, I think you’ll see a completely different game,” Wild told Shaymen TV. “That’s not being derogatory towards Darren or Woking, I think you’ll see a more physical game. I think we’ll be put under a lot more pressure in terms of their physicality. They’re another team that scores lots of goals so we need to try and shut them out.”

Watch the full interview on Shaymen TV.

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