Half-time chat working miracles

Chris Hardy revealed that his half-time team talk changed his sides approach to the rampant 5-0 victory against Halesowen Town.

Half-time chat working miracles

By Liam Ryder

Chris Hardy’s half-time team talk appeared to had changed Whitby Town’s performance after a rampant second half display from the Blues.

Chris Hardy spoke his half-time discussion with Paul Connolly post-match on Saturday.

“We spoke at half-time about Matty being isolated in the nine position. We needed to bridge the gap and we needed to make sure there were bodies up to support him.

We did that and it paid massive dividends, probably more than I expected in fairness.”

Despite Hardy wanting support for his striker, Matty Tymon was one player who failed to get his name in the score sheet.

This wasn’t of any great concern to the Blues boss and he was delighted with the quality of his sides’ goals.

“The nature of some of the goals was first class. I thought it was a punch perfect performance and well worthy of the three points.”

Hardy was also keen to remove the crazy start to the recent game at Rushall in order to sum up how solid his side have looked over recent weeks.

“If you take out the crazy ten minutes against Rushall, that’s four games with clean sheets. We’ve looked at this in training and worked hard on it.

We looked fairly solid again (on Saturday). If we put goals on top of clean sheets, it’s a certainty that we’ll win games of football.”

The performance of captain, Steven Snaith, was yet another reason for Hardy to feel proud of his team.

“He epitomises everything we try to do. If he’s not in tackles, then he’s winning headers. If he’s not reacting first, he’s there the second time.

And then all of a sudden, he picks the ball up in the middle of the park,  on his weak foot and switches the play and then unleashes a power-driver of a shot.

He’s Whitby through and through, he’s a leader. He’s a great asset to the Football Club.”

Recent acquisition, Junior Mondal, was also reason for Hardy to feel pleased with his squad.

“He needed a little bit of confidence. You can see that, you can see that he’s got quality.

He’s got a turn of pace, he’s got a trick, he gets things away well. We’re starting to see the best of Junior so fair play to him.”

You can watch Chris Hardy’s post-match interview with Paul Connolly over on the Whitby Town Facebook page.