Coach Richardson: ‘We needed our own hairdryer moment …’

Cambridge head coach Paul Richardson said he and his coaches had their “hairdryer moment” in the changing rooms at half-time of their ISPS Handa Chatham Cup tie at Papakura City – and it helped turn things around.

In a nod to the dressing room incident made famous by former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson, when he threw a hairdryer at star David Beckham, the Reds coach acknowledged he wasn’t happy with his side’s opening 45 minutes when they trailed 2-1 in the cup tie.

“It was the worst they’d played this season,” he said.

Without giving exact details of the language used, Richardson said the players were left in no doubt that they needed to turn things around.

They did, scoring twice within 90 seconds of the restart and going on to win 6-2.

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Coach’s interview