THERE is no escaping the noise for Evan Horwood at Victoria Park.
A favourite among the Mill House Terrace in which most of his pals reside come matchday, they are never shy in dispensing their opinion to the likeable Poolie.
A switch of flanks, however, offers no respite for the full-back.
For there he runs into manager John Hughes.
“I get on really well with the gaffer and we have a bit banter around the training ground – but he seems to hammer me on the pitch,” laughed Horwood.
“He screams my name quite a bit – not that it’s a bad thing.
“He maybe thinks my mannerisms are a bit laid back I think he’s just trying to get me going.
“So if I’m on his side I always know about it.”
Horwood’s own performance, like that of the team, has improved markedly in recent months.
And that, he says, owes much to Hughes, Pools having won five from nine going into tomorrow’s visit of Yeovil Town.
“The gaffer’s been brilliant for me and I think that’s shown in my form,” the 26-year-old went on.
“But as a team I’ve always thought we were capable of doing better.
“I thought at the start of the season we might make the play-offs.
“But the table doesn’t lie and we haven’t been good enough.
“Now, though, we’ve managed to get some momentum.
“The gaffer has done a fantastic job in getting us going.
“Once we did that it started to snowball.”
Pools, though, were frustrated during Tuesday’s stalemate with 10-man Colchester United.
And Horwood admits it was a definite two points dropped.
“It’s such a strange sport that you come off from some games thinking ‘how have we not won?’ and others thinking ‘how have we won?’,” he said.
“On Tuesday it was definitely a chance missed for us because I thought we did enough to win it.
“It was a game I was really looking forward to.
“I thought it would be a brilliant night – get the three points then get back home and watch the Man United v Real Madrid game.
“But I ended up sulking all night because I was gutted we hadn’t won, we should have really.
“It means it’s make or break for us now and we need a win tomorrow.”