FC Halifax Town: “Stop the silly mistakes and we start winning again” says Wild ahead of trip to leaders Torquay

Cut out the silly mistakes - that is the message from Town boss Pete Wild to his side ahead of their televised trip to leaders Torquay on Saturday.

Thursday, 18th February 2021, 12:01 pm
Halifax v Dagenham and Redbridge at The Shay, October 3, 2020. Photo: Marcus Branston. Pete Wild

The Shaymen suffered a hugely disappointing 2-1 defeat at bottom club Barnet on Tuesday night, conceding two avoidable goals.

And they now face table-toppers Torquay, who have won more games and scored more goals than any other team in the National League, live on BT Sport.

“I don’t think it’s complete doom and gloom. Yes, the result’s not the result we wanted but I saw signs on Tuesday of how we want to play and having had that two weeks off now, we’ve dusted the cobwebs off and we need to try and be ready for another tough test on Saturday,” said Wild.

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“We’ll be ready and if we can cut out the silly mistakes I can see us getting a result there.”

When asked what his side needs to do better on Saturday, Wild said: “We’ve got to be tougher, cut out the silly mistakes, each individual player’s got to do their job, defend properly, not let me run off them, not mark space instead of men.

“We’ve got to do the basics of out-of-possession right. If we don’t do that then we’re going to find it tougher and tougher to win football matches.”

The Town boss says he is not worried ahead of the game, despite Halifax’s loss to Barnet in midweek.

“I’m not apprehensive at all,” he said. “The result on Tuesday magnifies because of where they (Barnet) are, but in terms of general play, you cut the silly mistakes out, we come away with a 1-0 win.

“OK that’s not the case, but that’s the top and bottom of it in my eyes.”

Wild believes his side will be determined to bounce back from the Barnet loss.

“They were shouting and balling at each other after the game, that shows they care,” he said.

“They’re frustrated but everybody’s got an answer to the problem, the answer to the problem is stop the silly mistakes and we start winning football matches again.”

Wild said midfielder Reuben Noble-Lazarus is fit, despite not being involved on Tuesday and not playing for the club yet.

“He was just not in the squad,” he said. “We covered all positions.”

There will be no coverage of the game on the Courier website on Saturday, but you can watch the match live on BT Sport at 5.20pm.