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Hughes: Attitude second to none

Hartlepool boss John Hughes has been impressed with his team's efforts on the training pitch since taking over at the club.

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Hughes: Praises Pool work ethic

Hughes: Praises Pool work ethic

Due to cup fixtures United will have been out of action for two weeks when they host Stevenage on Saturday but Hughes has used the time to make his stamp on the Pools squad.

"We worked them hard every day last week and then gave them the weekend off," he told the club's official website.

"They came back in refreshed on Monday and ready to go - we've had a bit of a problem with the snow and cold weather but we have still managed to train every day.

"One thing I will say is that since I came to the club the attitude and the commitment from the players to go and do everything right in training is second to none.

"They want to go and commit themselves on the training ground and they've been open-minded to any new ideas so we'll integrate that short, sharp, quick passing and hopefully it manifests itself in Saturday's game.

"I just feel there is a wee spring in the step right now - when I came in there was an understanding that confidence was low but the way they've trained and worked so hard I'm hoping that will show when the curtain goes up on Saturday.

"I'm a great believer in what you see on the training pitch is what you should see on the pitch on a Saturday so we must carry that on in to the weekend and put on a right good show against Stevenage."

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terling needs to be told though that upon entering the Arsenal squad he will re-enact the final scene from Highlander where he will be thrown around a warehouse by cartoon dragons and then be a mere mortal that will only ever spend three to four weeks a season playing football and the rest on the physio's bed. There can be only one.....player available at The Emirates.

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he game changed in our favour when Carrick came on. We were able to play further up the pitch due to having a player who can give and go with the ball and keep possession. Yet barkley made some runs and Townsend scored a good goal but carrick's inclusion and chiellini's withdrawal made the biggest difference to the flow of the game

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o, you've not silenced anyone Andros, i'm afraid. We know you can score a great goal, and it's really handy to have your direct running and willingness to shoot on the bench. But until you can do the other things expected of a winger (beat the man, put a decent cross in, stay wide etc) then you can't expect more than a regular cameo. Wonderful goal though, what a hit! No wonder Buffon wanted the shirt.

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