FC Halifax Town 1-0 Woking: "We managed to find a way to beat them" says Wild

Town manager Pete Wild said his side's 1-0 win over Woking shows they can grind out results when it matters.

Tuesday, 27th April 2021, 9:45 pm
Updated Tuesday, 27th April 2021, 9:50 pm
Pete Wild. Photo: Marcus Branston

Jake Hyde's second-half goal was enough to secure a crucial three points for Town in the race for the play-offs.

"We were always in control of the football," said Wild. "We tried our best to give them a goal.

"The pitch was a leveller. We knew one of their big threats would be off set-pieces and it certainly was, it was a great save by Sam and luckily the lad's offside.

"We dominated the ball all evening, we had three excellent chances to go 1-0 up in the first-half and didn't take them.

"Then we had three or four good opportunities second-half.

"We managed to find a way to beat them. With 25 to go we decided to go 4-3-3 to try and pin them in because they came here and tried to match us up formation-wise, so we tried to pin them in and get some space in front of us.

"It's worked. They dropped into that low block and sometimes you've got to go over the low block to score, and we have.

"It's an unbelievable pass by Luke, and a great finish by Jake.

"This time of year, all you've got to do is find a way to win.

"We've got to win football matches. We've shown good character late on, we've thrown Greeny on to give us a bit more height, good character to see the game out at the end, and arguably could have had a couple more across the evening."

When asked if it was a must-win game for Town, Wild said: "I think a lot of them are must wins now, but I think that's a really good win for us tonight, an important win, and shows that we can grind out results when it matters."

On match-winner Hyde, Wild said: "That's why you bring centre-forwards in, to score important goals in important games and he's done that again tonight."

Midfielder Kian Spence produced an impressive display on his first start for the club.

"An excellent 60 minutes' work, he should be really pleased," Wild said.

"A great prospect for the club, a really good find. We've worked with him for nearly 12 months now and he deserves that opportunity, and hopefully he'll have more before the end of the season."

But Spence was forced off after an hour after a strong challenge on him.

"He's been done over the ball. It's bruised, he'll be sore in the morning," said Wild.

Jamie Allen replaced the suspended Jeff King at right wing-back.

"He did alright. It's a bit different for him because he's more picking passes rather than dribbling, and I think at times he got caught between a rock and a hard place," Wild said.

"But Jamie's an exciting player and if you get him in the right areas, as you saw, he got at his man and caused them a lot of problems."

Wild made four changes for the game and says it is crucial he keeps his players as fresh as possible during what is a busy few days ahead.

"What we've got to do this week is rotate, we cannot roll the same team out Tuesday-Saturday-Monday, it's impossible," he said.

"We've got so many players here that can all do a job, and at times I've had to rotate, and this week I need to rotate.

"I wanted to freshen it up, I wanted to give us some legs and I'll need to rotate again Saturday and Monday.

"That's the joy of having a fully-fit squad now and it's now down to me to pick the right lads.

"Look at Niall Maher, he's had a phenomenal season and he's not got on the pitch tonight.

"But across the last few weeks we've rested Kieran Green, at Altrincham we had Martin Woods and Luke Summerfield on the bench, Tom Bradbury's had a rest, Nathan Clarke's had a rest, but they've come back better, so it proves there might be something in it."