FC Halifax Town 0-1 Boreham Wood: "It wasn't good enough from all of us," says Wild

Town manager Pete Wild said "it wasn't good enough from all of us" after The Shaymen slumped to a 1-0 home defeat to Boreham Wood.

Saturday, 8th May 2021, 5:42 pm
Updated Saturday, 8th May 2021, 5:44 pm
Pete Wild. Photo: Marcus Branston

"They had the better chances and it was only a matter of time before they scored one," admitted Wild.

"We looked really nervous first-half, we didn't play well. We started both halves well, and had a wobble when we didn't score and, ultimately that's cost us the game.

"But it wasn't good enough from all of us today.

"We played the game they wanted us to play, a bit like against Bromley.

"They forced us one way well, which we'd spoken about in training, they competed, every 50-50 they won, they came away with the ball, we didn't look after the ball well enough, we didn't get down the sides of them like we'd spoken about doing yesterday.

"That all just comes together for it being just not good enough with and without the ball."

When asked whether Boreham Wood wanted it more than his side, Wild said: "One of the characteristics of a Boreham Wood side is that they want it, they work hard, they graft, they're in your face, they won't give up, all the things we expected of them, they were today.

"And they were better at it than us."

Halifax failed to register a shot on target in the match.

"We've got in the box loads of times, but we've had too many touches, tried to force it," Wild said.

"We looked like a team today that was just desperate to get the game out of the way, and hopefully get three points and get out of here.

"We didn't play with any quality, with and without the ball. A frustrating day for everybody concerned with the club."

Wild said nothing worked for his team during the game.

"We tried to tactically change it, tried to move people around, tried to get some pace on late in the game," he said.

"Everything we tried to do didn't work for us, which is frustrating.

"At half-time we spoke about shortening our game up, we were going too long, too early, and we just didn't do that.

"But it's not a time of the year to start digging people out, shouting and balling at players, it's a time of the year to remain together.

"The club's had a phenomenal season, we're still capable of finishing the job off and we've still got more than enough to finish the job off, we've just got to dust ourselves down and keep going.

"Yes we're frustrated, and the fans will be frustrated, but this is not the time of the year to start an us v them, it's the time of the year to remain together and push forward."

Midfielder Jack Earing lasted only three minutes after coming off the bench before being forced off with a hamstring injury.

"He trained properly yesterday, he got to his high speeds, he's done everything, and for some reason, his hamstring's pulled as he's gone to sprint, which you can't legislate for," Wild said.

"The physio's passed all the tests he should pass. It's a blow for us."

On Williams' dismissal, Wild said: "Two needless yellow cards, frustrating, doesn't need to do it.

"That's as frustrating as anything else today.

"We had two or three great chances with ten men, great chances, but we all seemed to want to be the hero in the final third, when there was a more sensible pass on."

Wild added: "We all have to admit that wasn't good enough, as players and staff, we have to admit that our efforts today weren't good enough, and we all agree.

"It's not a time for me to start digging (people) out, I think there were three or four lads below par today, but it's not a time for me to start pointing the finger at people, it's a time for us all to remain together, make sure we're tactically bright on the training ground this week and get ready for Dagenham on Saturday.

"That's probably as low as I've felt for a long while today, with just how the game went.

"I didn't see the game going like that and I think I'm as frustrated and as low as I can be with that result.

"But I'm not beaten, I'm not done. I'll pick myself back up tomorrow and make sure the lads are ready to go at Dagenham next week."