FC Halifax Town 4-2 King's Lynn: "I thought it was the real us again second-half" says Wild

Town manager Pete Wild said he saw the real Halifax in the second-half as The Shaymen fought back from 2-0 to beat King's Lynn 4-2.

Saturday, 17th April 2021, 3:07 pm
Updated Saturday, 17th April 2021, 3:08 pm
Pete Wild. Photo: Marcus Branston

Halifax fell two-goals down through Michael Gash and Sonny Carey, but were level at half-time thanks to Billy Chadwick and Jake Hyde.

Town then won it after the interval with goals from Luke Summerfield and Jack Earing.

"We didn't start well again did we, we got pumped on Tuesday but we got away with it today," Wild said.

"All the analysis we'd done around starting well, pressing them, getting after them, we gave them far too much space, we didn't deal with their diamond well early on.

"When we went 2-0 we tried to change it tactically a little bit, drop off them a little bit to pick up their players who weren't defending.

"We had to counteract that, and that allowed us to go and progress."

When asked why Town started so poorly, Wild said: "Maybe nerves, maybe whether they though they were going to dominate the game and they wouldn't need to start well, I don't know, but I think the main reason they've scored the two goals is we haven't dealt with their diamond well enough.

"But we got better at that after the second goal and it allowed us a platform to build on."

But Wild was delighted with his team's response to falling two-goals down.

"One thing this team's got is massive character, they keep going regardless of the situation, and we're always in football matches because of our character.

"I think that's been massively evident today," he said.

Wild thought his side could and should have scored more though.

"We scored two first-half, had two cleared off the line as well, and then we were ruthless," he said.

"We've got to score more, for all the chances we created, we've got to score more.

"But I thought we were really on the front-foot again today."

When asked what had pleased him most about his team's performance, Wild said: "Just how we drove with the football, exploited the space they gave us, pressing into tackles second-half, snapping into tackles, which is us.

"I thought it was the real us again second-half."

But the Town boss says there is plenty of room for improvement.

"We've got to stop balls coming into the box, we've got to track runners, we've got to compete better in the box, all those things have got to be better," he said.

"I'm not coming away from here saying we've cracked it, far from it.

"We've won but we've got to be better because if we do that next week, we'll get punished."

On front-two Chadwick and Hyde, Wild said: "They linked well and I was really pleased with how both of them played today, and that can only bode well as they form a partnership."

On Hyde, Wild added: "He's scored one, he's had a couple they've said are offside, he's assisted one.

"He holds the ball up for us and allows us to get up the pitch, that's the main thing that helps."

Captain Nathan Clarke was left out of the side in one of three changes from the 4-0 defeat to Wrexham.

"It was just tactical," Wild said, "three tactical changes for how we thought we could win.

"They're all top lads, one thing I have now is a decent squad so it allows me to pick game-appropriately how I feel it's going to go."

Earing was substituted in the second-half.

"He said he felt his hamstring and if anybody tells you they feel their hamstring you pull them off straight away," Wild said.

"We'll see how he feels over the next couple of days."

On Reuben Noble-Lazarus, who is yet to make his debut for Town, Wild said: "He's training every day and he's got to prove his worth to get in the squad.

When asked if he is still in his plans, Wild said: "They all are. I've got 23 lads and we're getting to the stage now where I've got an array of talent to pick from."