FC Halifax Town manager Pete Wild spoke to Shaymen TV after the defeat, admitting how disappointed he was with the both the result and the performance.
“I thought we started well, I was pleased with the start and we should have been 1-0 up in the first ten minutes,” Wild told Shaymen TV. “Then after the red card I thought we were really negative and our play was negative, which is what I said in there. Half an hour has cost us the game today. We invited them on, and I’ve been working hard to try and get this side-to-side nonsense out of them. But for it to rear its head after the red card is really disappointing. We had a game plan to come here today and we implemented it for the first ten minutes. From half time onwards we implemented it but the last 30 minutes of the first half we were really negative and gave them their chance, which has cost us.”
Despite a poor performance in the last 30 minutes of the first half, Wild was happier with the second half as he saw some improvements.
“There were some choice words which needed saying,” Wild said. “That was the most frustrated I have felt as a manager. This was a massive missed opportunity today. A fair result would probably have been a draw, but it is a massive missed opportunity and it is down to that 30-minute period in the first half. I am fully aware that today was the fourth time we have been down to ten men and not got a result. I want my teams to show better mentality.”
With both Jerome Binnom-Williams and Niall Maher missing out through family bereavements, Wild found it was easy to alter his starting 11 despite being forced into those changes.
“We have a squad of 21 and they should all be fighting for shirts,” Wild told Shaymen TV. “I am looking on the training ground who is showing me what I want from them. We picked an attacking team that we felt could go and win the game. Three or four of them have not done themselves justice today and that will be reflected next week in team selection.”
Town face Wrexham at home in the FA Trophy next Saturday. Wild is looking forward to the cup competition and is setting his sights on going all the way.
“It is a competition I want to do well in,” Wild said. “Whatever happens next week we have got to win. I do not care how we do it, we have just got to win. I am going to pick a team that will win the game. Regardless of whatever competition we are in, we have got to put what went wrong today right. I can not fully explain my frustrations as to how annoyed I am of how we let this game slip away from us.”
Watch the full interview on Shaymen TV.
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