FC Halifax Town 1-0 Aldershot: "It's the manner in which we've won that's really pleasing" says Town boss Wild

Town manager Pete Wild says his side's back-to-back wins over Solihull and Aldershot could potentially be their biggest of the season.

Tuesday, 16th March 2021, 10:07 pm
Updated Tuesday, 16th March 2021, 10:11 pm
Pete Wild. Photo: Marcus Branston

"I thought we started really well, I thought we were on the front-foot, I thought we created loads of chances first 10, 15 minutes," Wild said.

"I said to Sarg (Joe Sargison, first-team coach) we needed to take one of those chances to get a foothold in the game.

"We didn't and we over-committed men forward from the 20th minute onwards, and were susceptible to the counter-attack because of our over-committal to try and score a goal.

"We addressed that at half-time, I wanted them to be more on the front-foot in the second-half and I thought we were.

"With 20 minutes to go it just became a basketball game, you have it, we have it, and it was going to be 1-0 either way."

Town set-up in a 4-3-3 formation but switched to a 3-5-2 system shortly before half-time.

"They'd set up in a diamond on Saturday, but they're generally 4-3-3 and I thought because they caused us so many problems in a 4-3-3 at their place that they'd set up with that, and they didn't, which surprised me," Wild said.

"So we spent 20 minutes just seeing how they were playing, their shape, and we decided we'd be able to hurt them better in a 3-5-2.

"Like I've said i previous weeks, we can flit from a four at the back to a three at the back, and players don't need any explanation of what to do.

"I think that's tactically something we've been better at this year, being able to flit between systems, and it really helped us.

"I thought we were able to keep the ball better up-front when that happened, and that gave us a foothold to try and push forward, so I was really pleased how that worked.

"Late on, they've tried to go to a 4-3-3, which is their strongest formation and try and run us, bring pace on, and I thought we dealt with that well."

Wild again praised the attitude of his squad.

"We were always going to get chances and it was whether we took them," he said.

"In terms of personnel we were a little bit all over the place in terms of who was playing where, but you've got young lads desperate to help out and impress, you've got lads prepared to 'yeah, I'll do that, not a problem', that's what's so good about this set of lads is they'll have a go at anything and everything.

"Sam's made a really good save second-half and then there's their goal that's offside, but I think we've limited them to a lot of possession but not a lot of end product, which is pleasing."

On the last two wins over Solihull and Aldershot, Wild said: "They're potentially the two biggest wins of the season aren't they, let's have no bones about it.

"But it's the manner in which we've won that's really pleasing tonight."

Wild said striker Tahvon Campbell went off with a calf problem which will be assessed over the next couple of days, and that the substitution of Billy Chadwick shortly before that injury was tactical.

"That was tactical and then Tahvon got injured, we just didn't think Billy was getting hold of it and we just wanted to try and get hold of it a bit better up-front," Wild said.

"And then Tav goes down, another centre-forward who goes down. The curse of the centre-forward strikes again."

On debutant Kian Spence, Wild said: "We really like Kian, he's a young prospect and we're trying to get young prospects into the football club.

"He deserves his chance, he's worked so hard to get his chance and we thought he'd go on and get hold of the football for us, we knew he'd give us energy and run around, and not be afraid to put his foot in, and he's done all those things.

"As a first run out I'm really pleased."