FC Halifax Town 1-0 Sutton United: "We kept on going until the end" - Wild praises his side's character after Sutton win

FC Halifax Town boss Pete Wild praised the character of his side after they beat Sutton United 1-0 at The Shay.
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Pete Wild

Devante Rodney's late penalty was enough to seal the win and send The Shaymen back up to third in the National League.

"I thought we played some really good stuff, especially first-half," said Wild. "We were excellent with the ball, created numerous chances.

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"The goal from Tobi, the ref said because it got a flick on, he's offside, but he's not, I've seen the goal back, there's nothing wrong with it.

"I've seen the penalty back (that wasn't given for an alleged trip on Jeff King) as well and I've told the ref at half-time they were two legitimate goals, and he's not given both of them.

"That's really frustrating.

"But, one thing I'll say about them, I thought we showed good character, we kept on going until the end, and I thought we deserved the win in the end.

"Second-half we forced it a bit, the pitch got a bit tougher, and we forced it a bit, which is something we need to learn from in the run-in, that we are going to have cagey games and we're going to learn how to get over the line."

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Wild added: "The big message at half-time was more of the same, we've got to keep going and stick to the plan, we've got to be patient.

"We varied from the plan a little bit, which frustrated me second-half, but we still created chance after chance, so I knew a goal would come at some point, it was just making sure we shut the back door and didn't concede a daft one.

"But I thought the goal was coming, and I'm really pleased to get over the line.

"It doesn't matter how you win at this time of the season, it's just about winning, and we've done that."

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Wild was pleased his side's persistence was eventually rewarded with a winner.

"I keep saying it about this team, what they lack in ability they make up for in hard work," said the Town boss.

"That's not being disrespectful to them in the ability stakes because there's some top players here, but they don't give up, and they never-say-die.

"Even at Torquay when we got beat, we didn't give up and we've not given up tonight.

"It didn't go our way at Torquay, but it did tonight."

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On his booking towards the end of the first-half, Wild said: "The fourth official unfortunately couldn't handle me. His stock response was 'I'm just going to get him (the referee) over and caution you' when he's not doing his job.

"My argument is if the referee does his job properly then I don't get booked, but I'll speak to him and say 'that's not good enough in my opinion'.

"If the assessor's here and he's not digging him out then we've got a problem."

Wild opted to start Jack Redshaw ahead of Cameron King in the number 10 role, and said of his decision: "Cam's had a family bereavement so he's been back to Norfolk for a bit of time.

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"I don't think he's been at his best in the last two games and he wasn't involved in training yesterday.

"Jack's played a lot of his career as a number 10, he can play that position. I thought he did well against a team that didn't give him a lot of space to work in."