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Pete Wild Reaction: Wrexham (H)

28 August 2023

Club News

Pete Wild Reaction: Wrexham (H)

28 August 2023

Barrow boss Pete Wild was pleased with Barrow's “front-footed” second half as his side pulled back a goal to draw with League Two newcomers, Wrexham.

The Red Dragons broke the deadlock after 12 minutes, after Elliot Lee converted a controversially awarded penalty.

Shortly after the break, Emile Acquah netted his third in four games, powering beyond Mark Howard and into the top corner.

Overall, Wild was pleased with the performance and praised his side’s reaction in the second half.

“They were far better than us first half, we were lucky to go in at one-nil. At half-time, there was nothing tactical said. It was just about not paying them too much respect, winning headers, winning tackles, and having a go at them.

“The second half is us, that’s what we’re all about. I was really pleased. We need to learn from that. We’re really pleased with how they’ve fought, and really pleased with how they’ve gone about their business in the second half.”

Wild added: “Across the game, we had some really good passages of play. We’ve moved the ball really well, even in the first half. When we did that, we caused problems.

“The build-up to Emile's goal is as good as the goal itself. The one thing I knew about Emile was that he’s a good finisher, and he’s shown that again today.”

The spot-kick that allowed Wrexham to open the scoring was a somewhat contentious call. Ollie Palmer hit the deck following a sliding challenge from Tyrell Warren and the Bluebirds’ boss felt it was a soft penalty to be awarded.

Wild stated: “I’m frustrated with the penalty because it’s clearly our touch that sends it back to the goalkeeper.

“The major decisions seem to be going against us every week at the moment and we’re getting frustrated. But our team deals with adversity well; that’s the third time we’ve come from behind to get something this season.”

New recruit Dom Telford was introduced from the bench after 71 minutes, following his arrival from Crawley Town on Friday. His new manager elaborated upon the 26-year-old’s arrival.

“Crawley needed to move him on. There was a little bit of interest but nothing concrete, and I spoke to Dom and we started to hold down a conversation. It was one of them deals that doesn’t usually happen as everything just fell the right way.

“Money isn’t an issue, it’s a good deal that’s well within budget and both parties are really pleased that we got the deal done.”

Wild continued: “We’ve now got six forwards in the building. You can never have enough forwards; they’ve got to keep proving why they should play. Let’s have some real good healthy competition this year.”

Barrow currently sit ninth in the League Two standings after five games, having only been beaten once. Their next contest sees the Bluebirds head to Harrogate Town, who have won just one of their last four.


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