FC Halifax Town 1-2 Torquay United: "We didn't have enough quality in the final third" rues Town boss Wild

FC Halifax Town boss Pete Wild rued his side's inability to take their chances after The Shaymen lost 2-1 to league leaders Torquay at The Shay.

Saturday, 21st November 2020, 5:43 pm
Updated Saturday, 21st November 2020, 5:45 pm
Pete Wild

Jamie Allen scored for Town for the second game running after Asa Hall's opener, but Connor Lemonheigh-Evans struck the winner with seven minutes to go.

"They were better than us, because they took their chances," said Wild.

"I'll come out when I rightly feel we're unlucky, I didn't think we were unlucky today, because we didn't take our chances.

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"Only for 20-25 minutes of the game today did I feel like we implemented our plan.

"I spoke about starting on the front foot, being intense and that will stop them. I just thought the whole game was one-paced first-half.

"I wasn't happy at half-time, I thought we were poor and I told them, I dug a couple of individuals out who I thought needed to be better.

"Fair play to them, they came out second-half and started implementing the plan, and we scored, and rightly so.

"Then you think 'right, go on then, crack on' but I think too many people were nervous because we'd got back in the game and wanted a point, and too many people switched off and didn't do what was expected of them, which really frustrated me today."

Wild said he could see the second Torquay goal coming.

"I thought we dropped off them," he said. "We talked about closing the distances up from back-to-front and we didn't, we just invited them on.

"They're a good side and they've got a lot of players who can dribble and drive.

"That goal was coming unfortunately.

"We got let off with the penalty, it was a nailed-on pen, there was no need to make the tackle, he's got to stay on his feet.

"But on the day, overall, if you don't take your chances you don't win football matches. I don't think we were unlucky today."

Wild added: "Was there anything between the two teams? What was between them was they were ruthless and we weren't.

"Is there progression from last year? They came here and comprehensively beat us last year, so is there progression? Yeah, miles better progression.

"But it still doesn't deter from the fact we haven't got anything out of the game.

"I'm frustrated because there was at least a point there in the offing and we haven't taken it.

"We didn't have enough quality in the final third."

Wild says his team lack the composure required in-front of goal at the moment.

"We look like a good team in spells but then we look like a team that's naive, especially when we get into good areas," he said.

"I thought the forwards were better second-half. I thought that was the best half Jake Hyde's played since he came back.

"I had a go at him at half-time and told him he needed to stop trying to buy fouls and better hold-up play and I thought he did that, and that's where the goal came from because he was tougher to play against.

"I just think that when the ball comes into good areas, and this can be labelled at the whole team, we don't have the ice in the belly to put the ball in the back of the net.

"Unfortunately that's the difference at the moment. We've got numbers in the box, we've got players in there, and we're just not taking our chances.

"We're having chance after chance after chance so it's not being unlucky, you've got to take your chances.

"Sometimes the delivery's not good enough, it's just not coming off for us in that final third."

Despite Town only winning once this season, the Town boss is confident his side will find form.

"We will come good, we will be fine," he said. "More than fine.

"I have no qualms in that area.

"We've had a tough run of games and we're two points better off than we were in those games last year, so it's not all doom and gloom.

"We've had a tough fixture programme, but I look back over these first eight games and think 'if only, if only'.

"We're becoming the nearly men at the moment, but it'll come. It's over 44 games, nothing's given out at this time of year.

"We just need to keep working hard, head down and be better in that final third.

"We're two points better off in these fixtures than last season, we've just had all these fixtures at once, and it's over 44 games, nothing's given out at the moment.

"We've just got to keep pushing on and we'll be fine.

"Unfortunately the short-termism of football is that people just see the here and now, but you've got to be patient and if you do that, we'll be fine."

On speculation linking him with the managerial vacancy at Chesterfield, Wild said: "I haven't heard anything. It's nice to be linked with jobs, it shows that people can see what we're trying to build at this football club and see the progression this football club's on.

"But nobody's said anything to me. The first I hear is when the phone's going mental at half nine at night and somebody's sending me a Tweet."

When asked if he would be interested in the job, Wild said: "I've got six months left on my contract here and hopefully the club can see the massive strides we've made at this football club.

"It's a project and, barring the club not wanting me, the strides we've made are phenomenal and we're here to push them on."

Wild continues to be frustrated in his search for another striker.

"We've had a lot of false dawns, and that continues," he said.

"I'm not going to just go and bring somebody in, as much as people think they grow on trees and they're on the shelves and you just go and bring centre-forwards in, I said before you have to make those three dots.

"The lad's got to want to come, we've got to be able to afford him and he's got to be available.

"If not, there's nothing we can do about it."