FC Halifax Town beat league leaders Torquay United 3-2 away at Plainmoor in front of the BT Sport cameras.
Pete Wild’s injury hit squad hit an 88th minute winner through Jeff King to head back north with all three points, which sees Town 12th in the table.
The Town boss told the official website, “I’m really pleased with the result. We played decent on Tuesday night at Barnet but gave silly goals away. We worked hard Thursday and Friday to be tougher to play again. We looked robust today and the result is really pleasing. Our character and never say die attitude was fantastic”.
Town went ahead through a Sam Sherring own goal after Jeff King’s cross was parried by the goalkeeper and hit the Torquay man and went in.
He said, “We were going to sit in for the first sixty minutes, we had changed the shape due to the injuries that we had. To be fair, Jeff King should not have even been there, his instructions were not to get ahead of his winger in that opening 60 minutes, but his cross helped put us ahead.”
The league leaders were awarded two penalties and Wild had no complaints over the first but didn’t agree with the second penalty award.
“I thought the first was a penalty, but I didn’t think the second one was. I also thought we should have had a couple of penalties ourselves. Jack Earing had been toppled in the box and it’s not given. I was frustrated and overall, I thought we were the better side. To get that late winner, I am so pleased for the players.”, he said.
Town equalised through BT Sport man of the match Jack Earing firing past Shaun MacDonald.
Wild said “We broke well with pace for the equaliser, we had done that well all through the game. I am delighted for Jack who is getting better and better; you must remember he is only 21. Now he is bringing goals to his game which is great for him and us.
The winner came with two minutes of normal time remaining and it was Jeff King to round off an eventful game that earnt the Shaymen all three points.
“Jeff King has had a great day. He is a massive Everton fan and they have beaten Liverpool; he’s given two penalties away and then he popped up to win us the game in the final minutes. He is one person we will not shut up on the back of the bus on the way back!” Said Wild.
He concluded, “We are trying to find consistency and to not have a game next week is not ideal. We have organised a game on Friday afternoon to get a competitive game against Huddersfield Town U23s before we entertain Hartlepool on the 2nd March at the Shay.
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