FC Halifax Town: “We need to get back on the front-foot on Saturday,” says Wild ahead of Woking clash

FC Halifax Town boss Pete Wild has called on his side to start taking their chances ahead of Saturday’s trip to Woking (3pm).

Thursday, 15th October 2020, 9:05 am
Updated Thursday, 15th October 2020, 11:28 am
Pete Wild. Photo: Marcus Branston

The Shaymen have drawn their last two games, 0-0 at Boreham Wood and 1-1 with Yeovil Town, but could have secured even better results had they converted some clear opportunities.

Town have played well in their opening four games of the campaign, but Wild believes they could and should have around double their points tally of five with better finishing.

“If we’d put our chances away, we’d be top of the league,” he said.

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“But what we had to do was bring a couple of forwards in the week of the season, they hadn’t played a lot of football and I had to try and patch our forward line up really quickly.

“But my strikers are on the way back and competition for places is hotting up come Saturday and certainly for the FA Cup game next weekend.

“We’ve ridden the storm of not having our first-choice forwards out there.

“The good thing is we’re creating chances, hopefully for our forwards to come back and put them in the net.

“It’s a long season and we’ve had a steady start. If we’re steady and we build into a crescendo, we’ll be fine.

“We’ve just got to keep churning out the games, churning out the results.

“The longer we go unbeaten the more confident the boys will get.”

Wild is hoping Jake Hyde, who Town signed from Woking, and Reuben Noble-Lazarus will be in contention for Saturday, but doesn’t think they’ll be fit to start.

“We’re not far off giving somebody a real kicking, and I truly believe that, but the first thing we’ve got to start doing is putting the ball in the back of the net, and then we’ll start hurting teams,” he said.

“We’ve just got to keep pushing and it will click. We are not far off it clicking completely.”

Woking, who beat Dagenham and Redbridge 2-0 on Tuesday, have won three of their first four matches this season.

“They’re strong at home, Alan (Dowson) is an excellent manager and he certainly gets his teams right up for games,” Wild said.

“It’s a really tough place to go. We need to get back on the front-foot on Saturday, we need to start taking the game back to them and be more composed with the football.

“If we do that, I think we’ll do well, and if we don’t we’re in for a tough afternoon.

“But it’s another tough game, the fixture Gods are not being kind to us at the moment.”

Wild said Jack Earing and Danny Williams were both rested on Tuesday night when they dropped to the bench.

“I actually thought we missed Jack Earing on Tuesday, which is the highest compliment I can give him,” he said. “We looked a better side when he went on.

“But you’ve got to think of the miles these boys are putting in, and at times you’ve just got to look after them.

“Danny’s had a few injuries in the last 12 months and if I start ragging him week after week I’m going to blow him up, and it’s the same with Jack.

“Jack’s been so influential over the last three games that I need to make sure we look after him at times.

“And it’s an opportunity for other lads to get in the team. One thing I have got is competition for places, and options so I can change it round.

“I’ve just got to pick the right options in the games we play.”

Follow all the action from Woking v Halifax on Saturday afternoon on our live blog with FC Halifax Town writer Tom Scargill at www.halifaxcourier.co.uk, where there will also be an on-the-whistle match report and post-match reaction from Pete Wild.