FC Halifax Town 1-2 Bromley: “We weren’t good enough with the ball” says Wild

FC Halifax Town boss Pete Wild said his side weren’t good enough with the ball after their 2-1 home defeat to Bromley.

Saturday, 24th April 2021, 5:45 pm
Updated Saturday, 24th April 2021, 5:45 pm
Pete Wild. Photo: Marcus Branston
Pete Wild. Photo: Marcus Branston

Goals from Michael Cheek and James Alabi put the visitors out of reach before Neill Byrne got one back for Town.

“If you want to sum the game up, they did to us what we did to Chesterfield on Tuesday night,” Wild said.

“They sat in, controlled the centre of the park. We didn’t move the ball quickly enough, we didn’t try and break the block quick enough, we didn’t move the ball from side to side to get around them quick enough.

“Then you get the penalty which, for me, is a pen, and you’re chasing the game at the end so you’re 4-2-4 and that’s always going to happen if you’re chasing the game.

“We just weren’t good enough with the ball today. I’ve said to the players ‘expect more of that as the weeks go on, people just sitting off us and letting us play’ and we’ve got to be better, we’ve got to move the ball better.

“We didn’t do that today.”

Wild thought his side started well but failed to recover from falling behind to Cheek’s goal.

“I thought the goal rocked us and we didn’t get going again,” he said.

“The first-half was a non-entity, second-half we came out and got in their box, had some chances.

“We probably had three good chances across the day, plus the goal.

“It’s not a case of rip it up and start again, it’s a nip and tuck game that we’ve lost. That’s football and that’s this time of the season.”

On new signing Darren Stephenson, who Wild coached at Woodley Sports, the Town boss said: “I think at this time of year, with the luck we’ve had with centre-forwards this season, you can never have enough centre-forwards.

“He’ll need a couple of weeks to get up to speed but it just made sense.

“I’ve known him for a lot of years. He’s a strong, aggressive, quick centre-forward that can hold the ball up so he ticks all the boxes we’re looking for in a centre-forward.

“If he can match what he used to be like when I coached him then we’ve got a player.”

Huddersfield loanee Micah Obiero was again left out of the matchday squad.

“It’s frustrating in this league because you can only have five subs and I always choose to go with a goalkeeper. Whether people think that’s right or wrong, it’s a matter of opinions,” Wild said.

“I can only pick five on the bench, they’re the five I went with today.”

Cheltenham loanee Tahvon Campbell will be back in contention for Tuesday’s game with Woking at The Shay.

“He’s done a full week’s training now so he’s available for selection next week,” said Wild.

But midfielder Jack Earing is not expected to be fit for that game.

“It’s probably too early on Tuesday, maybe Saturday,” WIld said.