Dave Wild claimed his Stockport Town’s ‘best performance’ following a late 2-1 victory away at Silsden on Tuesday night in the Hallmark Security League.
The Lions returned to winning ways following their first defeat under Wild away at St Helens Town a few weeks ago and the Town boss felt the victory was well-deserved.
He commented: “I thought throughout the game we completely controlled proceedings and their goal came from a defensive drop in concentration rather than Silsden dominating us during the half.
“It looks like we were better in the second half due to two goals and a better passing conversation but in all honesty if it had been recorded I think it would have matched in both halves.
“The real difference in the second half for me was that we had retained the ball so well that Silsden tired quickly on the night and we began to use our freshness in much more dangerous areas.”
The Lions manage added: “For me that was our best performance for me since I came in for multiple reasons and that has pleased me in a huge way especially coming off the back of our first defeat the previous game.”
“I appreciate that on paper Silsden have hit the bar twice and scored one but for me the game never looked in doubt for our lads, we dominated the ball and created a really good amount of chances especially in the second half and on another day, and with a bit more conviction, we could have been sitting here with a bigger scoreline.
“I said this to the Silsden management, that it was a real good game of football from both side as we both played the right way!”
With Wild pacing on the sideline in the second half, the Town boss felt his side were going to snatch victory going into the later stages of the match. He said:
“The final 20 minutes I just knew we would get a winner, I actually said it to Phil [Carratt] in the dugout that I could sense it and luckily for us it did. Ben Halfacre game on and absolutely changed the game for us with his play and the two goals were just typical Halfacre goals.
He’s [Halfacre] had a couple of fitness issues of late which have slowed his progress down so him coming on and grabbing two is the tonic he needed. I said to him after the game, ‘that’s the Halfacre I signed’.
“He is buzzing to get back going on Saturday [vs Bacup] now in a bid to keep his shirt and add to his goal tally. We've set him a target for the season and I have no doubt he will work hard to achieve it.”
Despite victory on the night, Wild made a point of mentioning Silsden’s Will Storrie who had suffered a broken leg during the match following a bad landing. Wild commented: “I would also like to wish Will Storrie a quick recovery from the leg break he suffered last night.
“It was an unfortunate incident right in front of the dugout and his landing, when going for the ball, has resulted in a horrific injury. All the staff and players at the club pass on their regards and hope he's back on the field as quickly as possible.”
Stockport have two remaining home matches left in the season, with another five matches on their travels, but all of which Wild has victory on his mind.
Wild continued: “Things are slowly taking shape for us as a group and that performance is now a benchmark for our remaining seven games. I obviously want to win all seven, that's my job, but how we go about doing it is equally as important as we prepare and shape ourselves for next season.
“Saturday sees up go up against Bacup Borough which will be a very tough test for our lads, another away game against a well organised side. We will have a light training session on Thursday to run over some ideas and give the lads some extra time to recover from Tuesday, and we will be going into the game happy from our showing against Silsden!”