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Bullock admits half-time team talk changed Seasiders’ manner

Whitby Town assistant Manager has admitted that his and Chris Hardy’s half-time team talk changed the way the Blues went about their business in Saturday’s 2-0 victory over Marske United at the Turnbull Ground.

Whitby found themselves one goal to the good at the break, however Bullock, who also played the full ninety minutes at centre-back, alongside Alex White was unhappy with the way in which the Seasiders dealt with the visitors.

“In the first half, we moved the ball, albeit not creating many chances. We let them have far too much possession” Bullock said when speaking to Paul Connolly on Saturday afternoon.

This wasn’t what we want when playing in our own ground but we were comfortable. There were a lot of words said at half-time and we decided to go man-for-man, all over the pitch, forcing them into mistakes and they couldn’t play out from the back which you could see in the second half with the better team shining through”

Despite the first half not being considered as a half Bullock wanted to see, he praised the manner in which Greg Rutherford took his opening goal, a half-volley fired into the bottom corner.

“It was great striker from nothing. That’s what he does, he scores goals. It gave us a boost and certainly livened up the first half and gave us a boost going into half-time.

The front three on a whole are strong, can score goals and they’ve got a bit of everything. It’s promising and we’ve got another two weeks to get them going to understand each other’s game more.” Bullock added.

With Rutherford taking the headlines, Chris Hardy’s right-hand man was quick to praise the efforts and performances of the other two players in attack, Matty Tymon and Junior Mondal.

“Junior needs his goal but you can’t fault his effort, particularly in the second half. Matty moves teams about and plays clever balls like we saw with the first goal. He also chips in with his goals too.”

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A key point made by Paul Connolly when interviewing Bullock was the inclusion of Dale Hopson for the full ninety minutes. The midfielder, who the Blues paid a record fee to bring back to the club, had been struggling with a knee injury resulting in Chris Hardy being left to only allow the creative player to feature for one half in previous outings.

“He’s great to have back in the side. When he has the ball, things happen. Even in the first half when he didn’t get the ball, he’s working which he needs to get his fitness back. He stuck in without getting frustrated.

In the second half when we improved, he also improved which makes us look a good team. We need him to keep doing this because he’s undoubtedly a great talent.”

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You can watch Lee Bullock’s post-match interview on the Whitby Town Facebook Page.