FC Halifax Town: Let’s not get ahead of ourselves, says Wild ahead of Altrincham clash

Town manager Pete Wild is shunning any talk of the play-offs as The Shaymen prepare for a pivotal run of eight games in 24 days.

Thursday, 8th April 2021, 3:55 pm
Pete Wild. Photo: Marcus Branston

Halifax’s gruelling schedule begins with a trip to Altrincham on Saturday, before they welcome Wrexham to The Shay on Tuesday.

Town go into the glut of games in seventh place, level on points with Wrexham in eighth but with a game in hand.

However, Wild wants his players to take it one game at a time without any burden of considering where they are in the race for the play-offs.

“I don’t think there’s any pressure on us,” he said, “we haven’t thrown silly money at it.

“We want to be there but there’s a lot more teams with a lot more to lose than us, and I think that’s why it’s an opportunity for us to just play our football.

“Our objective first and foremost was to get to 50 points, and when we get to that we’ll have a look at something different.

“But if you start looking at it like ‘oh if we just do this or just do that’ then you take your eye off the ball, so I’m not interested in talking about the play-offs at the moment.

“There’s 12 games to go yet, a lot of football to be played, so let’s just keep trying to put points on the board.”

Wild says it is pointless thinking about play-off scenarios and how results could affect the table.

“I think that just builds anxiety and unnecessary tension,” he said.

“The fact of the matter is we can only affect what happens against Altrincham on Saturday.

“Everything else, everybody else’s results, league tables, who we’ve got to play the Tuesday after, is completely irrelevant.

“That’s how people have got to look at it because otherwise you take your eye off the ball.”

Wild added: “We’ve got players coming back, we’ve got some really good options and we’re in a good place.

“Hopefully come five o’clock on Saturday we’re still in a good place.

“Let’s not get ahead of ourselves, that’s the big thing now.”

When asked whether he will be making regular changes to his side over the next few games, Wild said: “That depends on the game, depends on how I see things.

“There’ll be peaks and troughs, there’ll be ups and downs, we’ve just got to roll with the punches.

“We have a chance to get to 50 points on Saturday and that’s got to be our only focus at the moment.”

Altrincham are 12th in the table, three points behind Town but having played four games more.

“Altrincham have really impressed me this year, every time I’ve come across them doing analysis I always think that they stay true to the way they play and they play some really good stuff, and they’ll cause us a real threat on Saturday and we’ve got to be ready for that,” said Wild.

“It’s a tough, tough game and a tough place to go. We’re going to have to be tactically ready, physically ready and switched on to the numerous threats they’ve got.

“They’ve had an excellent season, they’ve got an excellent manager and I think it’s a real tough place to go on Saturday and try and get some points.”