Yeovil Town 0-3 FC Halifax Town: "I thought we were excellent first half against the wind" says Wild

Town manager Pete Wild praised his side's excellent display in tough conditions after The Shaymen's 3-0 win at Yeovil.

Monday, 3rd May 2021, 5:29 pm
Updated Monday, 3rd May 2021, 5:30 pm
Pete Wild. Photo: Marcus Branston

Goals from Luke Summerfield, Kieran Green and Jake Hyde sealed an impressive win for Town.

"I thought we were excellent first-half, against the wind," said Wild.

"I thought we nullified their threats, we knew their two wide men would cause us a lot of threats and we nullified that.

"Second-half, we thought with the wind we'd have more of the ball, and we didn't. Both teams played better against the wind.

"They had a really good spell second-half, two great saves by the keeper. We knew as the game went on that they'd have to take more risks, which they did, and we finished them off.

"To come to Yeovil and scores three goals is some achievement.

"You know what you're getting from a Darren Sarll team, they're strong, organised, tough to play against.

"We had a 20 minute period where we rode our luck but apart from that, I'm really pleased with what we've done today."

Wiold admitted the scoreline flattered his side though.

"Yeah, it certainly wasn't a 3-0 game but there's been many a time this season where we've had chance after chance after chance and not taken them," he said.

"Today we've had limited chances and taken most of them."

Wild was under no doubt that the referee was correct to award a penalty for Town's opening goal.

"Yeah, the centre-half's got caught wrong side and legged Billy," he said.

"You can tell it's a pen because nobody from their side is screaming at the ref saying it's a bad decision."

But Wild also thought the hosts should have had a penalty of their own in the second-half for a foul on Reuben Reid.

"Yeah it's a pen, definitely," he said.

"Again, across the season there's been many times where we've had pens I didn't think were pens and we've not had them, so you'd like to think it balances out."

Wild added: "We were the unlucky men on Saturday and we talked in the hotel this morning about not being the unlucky men, and we weren't.

"Stockport at home and Yeovil away over a Bank Holiday is two tough, tough games and we've played well in both and got a result in one."

On top-scorer Jake Hyde being left out of the starting eleven, Wild said: "We can't keep turning him out, he can pick up injuries and I just felt this was the game that we needed to bring him on later on, and rest him.

"I've rotated most of the top boys over the last few weeks and it was Jake's turn today.

"I think we've rotated well, I think the players have bought into it, the players who came in have done the job."

Jamie Allen was not involved in the squad.

"He's been playing with a sore ankle for about two or three weeks now and we just felt after Saturday that he needed a break," Wild said.

And on midfielder Jack Earing, the Town boss said: "We're hopeful Jack will be out running for the rest of the week now so he should be in contention for Saturday."