JOHN Hughes admits he needs to “come up with something different” in a bid to beat Hartlepool United’s disastrous home form.
In five attempts the Scot is yet to collect a single point at Victoria Park, that contrasting with seven points from nine on the road.
The home slump stretches back beyond Hughes’ arrival in November and, with seven straight defeats the current total, two more would equal a club record set just last season.
Hughes has had a full week to devise a strategy which will reverse those fortunes.
He concedes that the continuation of such a run will inevitably lead to relegation.
But, with last Saturday’s 3-1 victory at Portsmouth fresh in his mind, Hughes believes his side are set to embark on a new dawn at the Vic – starting with Notts County in two days time.
“We need to come up with something different at home,” he told SportMail.
“The fans come out and back us and I don’t know if we’ve got a trepidation.
“Maybe we need someone to come up with something obscure to put a twist on the atmosphere.
“It’s up to the players to get the supporters going.
“They pay their money and they’re entitled to have a go.
“If we give them something then they’ll get right behind the team.
“But we have to do that first.”
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