Herne Bay manager Simon Halsey gets response from players after passing on criticisms before kick-off
Simon Halsey criticised his
players during his pre-match preparations on Saturday in a bid to
provoke the response which earned the fine win over
promotion-chasing Crawley Down.
The Bay boss passed on the
comments of some supporters in the wake of the dour goalless draw
with rock-bottom Three Bridges three days earlier to his players
before kick-off in a bid to "turn negatives into a
Halsey (pictured) said: "We
did some soul-searching in the changing room before the game. I
tried to use some negatives to get a positive out of
"It infuriated me and I told
the players all the things that people were saying about them
before the Crawley Down game. I told them that people were saying
they were ‘gutless’ and they looked like they were going through
the motions. It certainly got the desired response."
Halsey revealed he had also
looked at his own part in Bay’s struggles in the build-up to their
first home win since November 10 – a run of seven games during
which they have scored just one goal.
Halsey admitted: "I don’t
think I’ve done enough myself during all this. The fact that we’ve
not been able to train and our preparations have been affected – I
should not have let it affect us.
"I should have done more, I
have got to be better myself."
Young Gillingham keeper Luke
Nalder has been brought in on loan as cover for the injured Rob
French (heel) and his deputy Luke Prentice (quad strain) ahead of
Saturday’s trip to Walton & Hersham.
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