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Wild Had A Good Feeling Back In The Dugout

1 April 2019

Pete Wild got his reign as Head Coach off to the best possible start with a win over Grimsby Town at the weekend.

Back in the dugout, Wild fitted straight back in and was pleased with the performance at Boundary Park. 

"It was a really, really good feeling. I thought we controlled the game for long periods, implemented the plan where possible and I thought we were good at least for a two nil victory."

In past games recently the side have failed to find that all-important second goal to kill the game off and with Callum Lang heading that crucial second goal midway through the second-half it will do the squad the world of good.

"It was coming for a while and that's happened in games in the past, but one of the big messages we spoke about at half-time is we reflected back on those four occasions when we've been one up and drawn or lost, so it was really important that we cracked on in the second-half and I thought we did.

"I think you could see a lot of sharpness in the boys and obviously with an eighteen day period off means we've got back-to-back games now and I keep saying I'm going to utilise the squad and I'm going to need to utilise the squad, so that's going to become crucial over the next six weeks."

With changes made in his first game back, one was the introduction of Alex Iacovitti at left-back.

Making his debut for the club since signing on loan from Nottingham Forest in January, Wild said:

"I thought Alex had done well. We thought Grimsby would be a little direct so I wanted four big lads in the back four to deal with their aerial threat and I thought he'd done that well.

"It's always an interesting one when you get new lads in, you have a little bit of a tweak of the shape that I like to play so there were areas where we could be better but as a starting block that's not bad."

Another change made by Wild was the re-introduction of the team huddle at the end of the warm-ups and as a team walking round the Boundary Park pitch at full-time, and it's all part of his efforts to show the club is for the fans.

"I feel like we should have a connection with the fans and those little round of applause before and after the game makes sure they know we're behind them and they're behind us and that's something I've always liked to do when I've been in charge."

With over two weeks since the last fixture before the weekend win it now means it's a busy end to the season with an in-form opponent making the trip to Oldham tomorrow night, but Wild knows it's a case of focus on the next task.

"We've had on the board Grimsby, you now tick that off and and write Tranmere on it and all our thought processes lead to Tuesday night and can we back it up and if we can with the run Tranmere are on, it'll be a really good four or five days for us."


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