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Gaz keeps his cool to deliver winning team talk
A CONSTRUCTIVE half time team talk paved the way for Wanderers’ win at Hartlepool this afternoon, Blues boss Gareth Ainsworth said.
Wanderers were fortunate not to come in at half time behind as they took a first half battering from a Hartlepool side hitherto without a goal in the league all season.
James Poole’s injury time header ensured they at least got off the mark, but by then Blues had swatted them aside as they upped the tempo and were given an injection of creativity by substitute Max Kretzschmar, who netted twice.
Ainsworth admitted he was tempted to give his players both barrels in the dressing room but felt a calmer approach was needed as his side were still in the game and would have the wind advantage in the second half.
He said: “Instead of losing my rag I was constructive. I opened up on a couple of them because they needed it. Sometimes you have to get a reaction out of them. If somebody’s not doing it I have to tell them.
“I have been more strong and lost it more in the past, so today was all about being constructive and trying to find a way to beat Hartlepool.
“I have done [lost it with his players] in the past if it’s what the situation warrants. For instance Chesterfield at home last year I lost it at half time because we were absolutely atrocious.
“Today the wind played a part. If you’d said wind against you, come in at half time 0-0 and we’ve taken an onslaught and defended resolutely, we might have taken it at half time. That’s how I thought, I’m constructive with the players.
“Don’t get me wrong, there were a few heated words. I wasn’t nicey nicey, here’s a cup of tea, well done boys, it was a bit of a rollicking, but the reaction second half proves we are a good squad.
“There wasn’t too much creativity in the first half, I will admit, and I was worried a little bit.”
He added: “We took an onslaught first half but we defended fantastically. Our last ditch stuff and our clearances were spot on. Second half we didn’t need to do that because we created a lot more going forward.
“I had a couple of gripes. We conceded a goal and something we pride ourselves on is set plays. Luckily the goal was at 2-0 with a minute left, so we did see the game out well today. We’ll be working on that but I can’t be upset with the boys with a 2-1 win away from home.”
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