Notts County 1-2 FC Halifax Town: "I think it shows a lot about the players," says Wild after win at Notts County

Town manager Pete Wild praised the work-rate of his side after their terrific 2-1 win at Notts County.

Tuesday, 9th March 2021, 10:36 pm
Pete Wild. Photo: Marcus Branston

Substitute Tahvon Campbell scored a stunning late winner as Town produced one of their results of the season with victory at Meadow Lane."It shows that we recruited the right men, it shows the character of the squad, it shows how hard they're working on the training ground, it shows the togetherness," he said.

"I think it shows a lot about the players tonight. I'm really pleased.

"We can take a little bit of credit for the game-plan and how we coached them and tactically, but what it has to be about tonight is how hard those players worked for this football club, and how brave they were and how they rode storms and went to war with what is an excellent Notts County side and a side that will be in and around the play-offs come the end of the season.

"We had a game plan to go up against them and go toe-to-toe with them, which was a risk but I thought it was a risk worth taking.

"I'd watched them against Chesterfield, Stockport, King's Lynn and everybody had gone up against them.

"There was only Solihull that had sat off them, so I thought 'I'm going to have a go against them and see how we go' and it worked a treat first-half.

"We stopped them playing out and they ended up then, after about 30 minutes, starting to play a bit longer.

"What a good footballing side they are, if you let them, and our plan tonight was to come here and stop their dribble-and-drivers, stop their threats, go up against them, try and press them, knowing they'll want to try and play, and try and nick the ball off them, and I thought we did that tonight.

"It worked a treat.

"We knew at some point they'd have a spell, it was obvious, they're such a good side that we know they'll have a spell, and they did.

"When they scored I was fearful for us, I thought 'here we go' but we rode it and what a great strike from Tav. He's been threatening that for weeks and I'm so pleased for him to get his first goal."

Jake Hyde scored his second goal in as many games to put Town ahead in the first-half.

"Again, where's Jake Hyde? He's between the sticks, six yards out, that's what we brought him here to do, to score those goals, and he always does.

"That's where you want your centre-forward, between the sticks, and he scored a really important goal from something we worked on with Jack Earing, getting him to drive with the ball more centrally and drive at teams more."

Sam Johnson, on his 200th league appearance for the club, saved a penalty for Town in the second-half after Jamie Allen was penalised for a shove.

"I didn't think it was a pen, I thought the lad was going down before he was touched," said Wild.

"But if you bump him I suppose you give the referee a decision to make.

"Thankfully on the night it hasn't cost us."

But Enzio Boldewijn brought County level soon afterwards.

"That's what Boldewijn's got in his locker, he's so good at that," Wild said.

"We'd highlighted that on the analysis, don't let him dribble and drive because if he does, he'll hurt us.

"I remember him at Crawley when I was at Oldham. He's better than the level so he's got to have the attanetion he deserves, the same with Kyle Wootton.

"We went to war with Kyle Wootton tonight.

"I'd done some clips of Nathan Clarke playing against Kyle Wootton at our place because I thought Nathan had a really good game against him, and I said to the lads 'that's how to play against Kyle Wootton' and they delivered it to a tee.

"I thought Niall Maher was fantastic against Kyle tonight."

Campbell then struck the winner moments after coming off the bench.

"We felt our legs were going so we dropped into a 4-3-3, but you're bringing Billy Chadwick and Tahvon Campbell off your bench to influence the game. Not to see the game out, but influence the game," said Wild.

"I said to Milly on the sideline 'let's get Tav on, he's got a chance of getting a goal, let's not just settle for a 1-1 here, let's go and try and win the game. let's be brave'. It worked.

"What a good player he is. I've got an embarrassment of riches for the first time now we've got four forwards who can all impact and influence games.

"Keeping them happy is going to be the tough bit."

Jack Senior went off with an ongoing shin injury, resulting in Jamie Allen switching to right wing-back.

"That's what I like, Jamie Allen going to play right wing-back. Like Byrney on Saturday, 'Byrney, go play right-back', 'OK'.

"Jamie Allen, go play right-side, Tom Bradbury, go play left-back, and they just do it. You can't ask for more than that as a manager."

Dom Tear also came off the bench late on to help Town protect their lead.

"He's chomping at the bit, he's training ever so well, and he comes on and gets blocks in, runs around, gets on the ball, and that's what you want from your young players when they come on," Wild said.

"It might only be snippets he's getting at the moment but he's training really well and he's an integral part of the squad."

On Billy Chadwick, who again started as a sub, Wild said: "When Billy came here we had a settled team, and it came out of the blue, so to put Billy straight in would be disrespectful to other players that have done so much work for me.

"Billy knows that, I've explained that to Billy. He's not happy with that, don't get me wrong, but I have to respect the players that have done so well for me so far.

"Billy's happy with that, he's just happy we've won tonight."