Following FC Halifax Town’s disappointing defeat away to South Shields in the FA Cup, Pete Wild spoke to Shaymen TV to give his thoughts on the game, a slow start, the two goals, and looking ahead to Wealdstone
“I want to apologise,” Wild said. “In my 18 months at the football club that was worst display I’ve had. I came up on Tuesday night to watch them and I told the players it would be. We didn’t match their intensity and desire. My teams are full of energy and desire, they should be hard to beat and play against. There was none of that today and that hurts more than anything. You can sometimes carry one or two having an off day, but you can’t do that with six or seven not being on it. For as good as we have been for the first five league games, we were miles off it today. That really hurts and I take full responsibility for that, I’ll take it on the chin. It is my fault.”
The Shaymen didn’t get off to a quick start with South Shields dominating the ball in the early stages. The manager was extremely disappointed with the start the team made.
“We looked nervous out on the pitch,” Wild told Shaymen TV. “We looked very nervous playing and we didn’t impose ourselves on them. We spoke all week about being more imposing, and we just didn’t do that at all. That’s why we got beat. Full credit to them, they were decent, and they could’ve scored more. We haven’t really troubled them all after and we just weren’t good enough at all.”
Town conceded either side of half time with Darius Osei and Robert Briggs netting for the Mariners. Wild felt that the team were 2nd best in too many areas and that South Shields fully deserved the win at the end of the day.
“That first goal had been coming,” Wild said. “We just didn’t get high enough, we didn’t press enough. They won too many headers, too many tackles. All the basics of football, they were better than us. That’s what hurts me the most.”
With the postponement of the Notts County game, Town’s next fixture comes in the form of newly promoted Wealdstone. Wild revealed that team selection will be difficult for next Saturday with some players getting back to full fitness.
“I’ve got to think about my selection really hard,” Wild told Shaymen TV. “Fans will be wondering why I didn’t select Luke Summerfield. He hasn’t trained all week; he has sore groins and I felt it would have been to his detriment for him to play. I’ve got another week to work with the lads, another week for Jake Hyde, and get some others back fully fit. I’ve got to be very careful with who I pick, I’ve got to make sure I get it right, and the lads that I do pick have got to get it right as well.”
Watch the full interview on Shaymen TV.
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