No hairdryer treatment as Cook demands attacking improvement

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PAUL COOK will take the softly, softly approach to getting the best out of his players.

The Pompey boss believes the days of dishing out the ‘hairdryer’ treatment to footballers is firmly in the past.

Paul Cook. Picture: Joe Pepler

Paul Cook. Picture: Joe Pepler

But he is adamant his team will up their attacking impetus against Barnet tomorrow.

The Blues will look to put the frustration of two draws on the bounce at Fratton Park to bed as Martin Allen’s side visit.

There has been plenty to be encouraged about in the start to the campaign.

But Cook was quick to highlight there were no positives to take from last weekend’s 0-0 draw with Accrington Stanley.

The easiest thing for a manager is to tear paint of walls. That’s not the way for me.

Paul Cook

That included maintaining an unbeaten start to the league campaign, which Pompey take into tomorrow’s game.

Cook may usually portray a passionate and animated figure, but he explained he takes a more measured approach to dealing with his players.

He said: ‘The easiest thing for a manager is to tear paint of walls. That’s not the way for me.

‘Players need educating but managers need educating. The days of the hairdryers are well gone.’

Cook has intimated he will make changes to the starting XI for tomorrow’s game.

That’s in a determined desire to see Pompey create more than they did last weekend.

It was three shots on target against John Coleman’s side, with possession evenly shared.

Cook has been a strong advocate of a 4-2-3-1 formation this season.

But he isn’t beyond making changes to that – with the Scouser insistent his team will show more going forward against Barnet.

‘We will change formation if we need to, without a shadow of a doubt,’ said Cook.

‘We must have more of an effect on the game than we did against Accrington.

‘All you want as a player in an opportunity and they will get that chance.

‘For the first time on Saturday we looked a little bit stale.

‘That can’t happen again.’

Despite promising to shuffle his pack against Barnet and highlighting a lack of creativity as a factor in last weekend’s 0-0 draw, Cook stressed he’s not looking to make wholesale switches to his team.

He added: ‘Players will not play well every week.

‘It’s about the squad.

‘Come the end of the season we won’t speak about individuals, we’ll speak about what we do as a team.

‘But the players have a loyal manager who will not make drastic changes ever.’