FC Halifax Town: Wild praises “phenomenal effort” to put Shaymen in the play-off hunt

Town manager Pete Wild has praised his team’s “phenomenal effort” in putting The Shaymen in the hunt for a top seven finish.

Wednesday, 28th April 2021, 10:22 am
Pete Wild. Photo: Marcus Branston
Pete Wild. Photo: Marcus Branston

Tuesday’s 1-0 win over Woking at The Shay leaves Halifax in fifth with six games left to play.

Town’s destiny is in their own hands. They could be overtaken on goal difference by Notts County, who have two games in hand, and Chesterfield, who have played one match less, but that would still leave Wild’s men in the last play-off spot.

Halifax have collected 29 points from the 42 available over the last two months, winning nine and drawing two of those 14 games.

“That’s now 29 points in the last two months, which is a phenomenal effort, and all the players and staff deserve immense credit for putting us in this position, by the last two months of hard work,” Wild said.

“We’ve got 10 more points than we had at this stage in the games last year, we’ve got more points than we achieved before the game stopped, we’re onto 59 now, we had 58 last year.

“So there’s some real positive things coming out of this season so far.

“In terms of the play-offs, it’s going to be nip and tuck, we’ve got six big games, three home and three away, to go now.

“We’ve just got to keep going, not looking ahead of ourselves. Stockport is the only focus, and whatever we can get out of Stockport then rolls us into Monday.

“It’ll be nip and tuck all the way through. We’ve just got to keep going, and if we can replicate what we’ve done in the last two months, we’ve got a chance. That’s how I see it.”

The Shaymen are up against some big-hitters in the race for the play-offs, with the likes of Notts County, Chesterfield and Wrexham boasting far bigger budgets.

So too do Saturday’s visitors Stockport County, who are unbeaten in their last 12 games and are making a late bid for top spot.

“There’s no comparison. It’s probably bigger than David v Goliath if you’re talking budgets,” Wild said.

“I said this on BT Sport, and the fans might not like it, but we are little old Halifax in comparison to everybody else that’s in that play-off picture, in terms of budget.

“You’re talking most teams having double if not treble my budget that are in the play-offs, and you’ve got us, so it’s a phenomenal effort so far.

“The job is not done, but we have got to keep punching above our weight. Currently, we are.”