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Whild's surprised at Redditch thrashing.

Byline: Nick Pullen

REDDITCH United manager Gary Whild was first to admit he didn't see this week's 8-0 thrashing at Fleetwood Town coming. Reds' recent improved form suggested they would give Fleetwood a real run for their money.

Instead Reds went a goal down within 35 seconds of the kick-off and that set the seal for an embarrassing afternoon.

Whild said: "They were two up in no time and I think it left some of my players in a state of shock.

"They were very good and we were very poor. We were 3-0 down by the break. What made it worst was every time they scored, they played a signature tune.

"The record seemed to be on permanently in the second half.

"This type of beating sticks with you for a long time. You just have to take it on the chin."

Reds' preparation wasn't helped with the loss of striker James Dance who signed for Kettering the previous day.

Instead of battling up front for Reds, former Coleshill Town frontrunner Dance finished up plying his trade at Cambridge United instead.

Whild claimed: "I didn't think we'd miss him that much, but I wish him well.

"What he lacks in other departments, he more than makes up for with a massive desire.

"He has that desire in abundance and I wouldn't be surprised to see him go even higher.

"The only thing that disappointed me was the fact Kettering manager Mark Cooper never contacted me about the move," he added. "They just served the seven days notice. If he'd bothered to speak with me, I would have waived the seven days.

"I find it disappointing because in a previous move, I had to persuade Exodus Geoghaghan that it was in his best interests to join Kettering."

Whild is now looking at Bedworth United frontrunner Matt Blair as a possible replacement for Dance.

In the meantime, Whild must lift his troops in time for this afternoon's FA Trophy trip to ambitious Unibond One North side Leigh Genisis.


Embarrassing: Gary Whild was left reeling by Redditch's collapse at Fleetwood Town last weekend where they went down 8-0.
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Publication:Birmingham Mail (England)
Date:Nov 21, 2009
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