IN THE ZONE: John Hughes says some of his players are making it look easy right now

Sam Collins in action against Portsmouth. Picture by FRANK REID
Sam Collins in action against Portsmouth. Picture by FRANK REID

JOHN Hughes believes several of his players are currently in the “zone” which makes professional football “easy”.

Rather than search for tactical reason as to Pools’ remarkable turnaround – they have taken 11 points from 15 – the manager simply points to an improvement in form of individual players.

Speaking to SportMail ahead of tomorrow’s trip to Scunthorpe United (kick-off 3pm), Hughes admitted: “A lot of them are playing to their potential right now – that wasn’t the case previously.

“Once you’re in the zone you can stay there for two, three, four weeks, maybe even months.

“Everything falls into place after that and it seems so easy.

“When you have a group of players in the zone then you get what we’ve got right now – momentum.”

Hughes references a number of his squad as proof of his theory.

“Sam Collins is playing exceptionally well – he’s quite unassuming the way he goes about his business,” he said.

“But he has been winning his headers, blocking and tackling.

“He’s cruising through games at the moment and so is Peter Hartley.

“He’s hitting his best form of the season and it’s showing.

“Jack Baldwin is doing well in that three-man midfield as well and looks so composed for a young boy.”