FC Halifax Town 0-4 Wrexham: "A mad half-an-hour" cost us, says Wild
Town manager Pete Wild said "a mad half-an-hour" cost his side after their 4-0 defeat against Wrexham at The Shay.
A hat-trick by Jordan Davies and a goal from Dior Angus saw Wrexham take all three points and lift themselves right back into the thick of the play-off race.
"It's just a mad half-an-hour isn't it, we warned the players that Wrexham start well and they did," said Wild.
"We've made some unbelievably uncharacteristic, bad errors. They're 4-0 up and I don't actually think they've played that well, which is mad really.
"But they've been ruthless, they've took their chances and we've paid the ultimate price.
"We need to own that first-half, apologise and put it right.
"We came out second-half and we looked back to our normal selves, back to our best. We got a proper display second-half, but it's easy to play when you're 4-0 down."
When asked to explain why Town fell to such a heavy defeat, Wild said: "Too many unforced errors, too many mistakes and we've been punished for every one of them.
"We didn't deal with people running off Gold (Omotayo), who I thought had a really good game, and because we didn't deal with that well, we got punished.
"But (it's) all things we spoke about yesterday, and all things as a group of staff and players that we need to get better at.
"There's no fingers being pointed, no blame, it is what it is, it's uncharacteristic, a mad half an hour of football, and we've got to go put it right on Saturday."
Wild felt his side didn't do enough in possession during the first-half.
"We didn't move the ball quickly enough in the first-half. We had some decent possession, got into some decent areas but we didn't get round them and through them quick enough," he said.
"That's something we'd spoken about before the game, and we didn't do it well enough."
Wild did praise his side for a much more spirited second-half showing though.
"I thought they showed really good character second-half, you could easily go into your shell, easily fall apart and I'm glad we didn't, I'm glad we stood tall, I'm glad we tried to do something," he said.
"We weren't helped by the officials second-half in terms of goals over the line, linesmen not being up with play, refereeing decisions.
"But the game's over by that point.
"We've probably had large spells of the ball, probably 60 out of the 90 minutes of the match.
"But they've been absolutely ruthless in the 30 minutes at the start of the game."