FC Halifax Town 3-2 Weymouth: "It was a scrappy win" says Town boss Wild after Weymouth victory

Town manager Pete Wild described his side's 3-2 victory over Weymouth as a scrappy win as The Shaymen moved back up to seventh in the National League.

By Tom Scargill
Monday, 5th April 2021, 6:53 pm
Updated Monday, 5th April 2021, 6:54 pm
Pete Wild. Photo: Marcus Branston
Pete Wild. Photo: Marcus Branston

"It was a scrappy win wasn't it, we showed some really good stuff in fits and starts but didn't show any real consistency," said Wild.

"It's yet another game where, what have we created, probably 15, 20 chances again? And probably 10 of real quality with some really good play in the final third, and then it's the final pass, or we don't score.

Sign up to our daily Halifax Courier Today newsletter

"That frustrates me because we work all week on our final third play and we don't finish it off.

"Some of those moves in the final third you think 'wow, that's great' and then that last bit, that last pass or that last shot we don't finish it off.

"So we nearly got undone again by not taking our chances and, at the other end, a set-piece and not picking up the seconds, which has been our down fall in the last couple of weeks.

"Those two things are certainly things we can get better at.

"But I never felt worried, I always felt (we were) in control of the game.

"It's nice that Hydey's got another two as well, which was really pleasing. When your centre-forward scores two goals, that's what we want him to do.

"Really pleased with that, and really pleased to score off a set-piece.

"When we've had a 10-day break we've always come back a bit inconsistent so hopefully that's dusted the cobwebs off."

McCarthy's second goal and a late chance for striker Andrew Dallas made it a nervy ending for Town in the game.

"We need to stop getting too deep, we need to trust our play, we need to get the two holding midfielders off the centre-halves' toes," Wild said.

"There's bits we can be better at but that's football.

"But we've scored another three goals at home and got another three points, which is the most important thing.

"Elements of our game were very good today."

When asked what pleased him most, Wild said: "Scoring three goals, the centre-forward getting another two, our play at times, not consistently, but it was good.

"It allowed me to rotate in the last 20 minutes and try to get some of the other players on and keep the legs fresh."

On Weymouth's first goal, Wild said: "When we concede off a set-piece it really frustrates me.

"I don't think it's a major problem, but it's something we have chance during the week to affect and it's something I do a lot of in analysis and they're provided with a lot of analysis to look at themselves, so it has to be better."

Hyde's performance drew praise from the Town boss, who said: "He's on eight goals now, his hold up play and how he brings others into play is excellent, it allows whoever he's playing with to play more.

"I'm really pleased to have him back, hopefully we can manage him better this time and make sure he's ready for the games."

Billy Chadwick missed the game through personal reasons, and Wild didn't want to divulge anything further than that, with Jamie Allen replacing Chadwick in the starting line-up

"He looked sharp, he looked strong, he's a willing runner and it was a nice, solid performance from him," Wild said of Allen.

Wild also gave a debut to loanee Micah Obiero in the second-half.

"He got hold of the ball, which was one thing when we played against him that I liked about him, his touch, his awareness, his ability to bring others into play, and I thought he showed that within the 20 minutes," Wild said.

"I thought it was a really good 20 minutes from him."