Davies: Half-time home truths did the trick

Monday, 14, April, 2014
Curtis Davies celebrates with Matt Fryatt at Wembley

Hull City captain Curtis Davies admits there was some tough love dished out in the Wembley dressing room at half time during Sunday’s FA Cup Semi-Final.

The Premier League team trailed League One’s Sheffield United 2-1 at the break and having walked in to a despondent dressing room, the Hull skipper decided it was time to get about the lads.

“At half time we rattled a few cages and told a few home truths to each other,” revealed Davies. “I said a few words and then the manager came in and said his piece.

“That’s our role as captain and manager.

“The manager wanted to remind us that we might never get another chance like this, so don’t let it pass you by and don’t go home disappointed.

“Luckily the lads came out [for the] second half and did the business.”

As well as there being a bit of a verbal ear bashing at the break, Hull boss Steve Bruce also made a double substitution and implemented a change of formation.

And Davies believes his manager must take a great deal of credit for his bold approach.

“We came out [for the] second half with a different formation and that was key,” said Davies.

“As soon as we got someone close to the main striker we were able to open them up and their centre halves didn’t like the fact they had to look after two rather than one.”

David Meyler completed the scoring in injury time making the final score 5-3 and, in the process, broke a 61-year record.

Sunday’s eight goal thriller surpassed the 1953 FA Cup Final as the highest scoring FA Cup game ever to be played at Wembley Stadium.

But Davies says he’d prefer a duller affair in The Final.

“I guess it was good for the neutral,” added Davies with a smile. “But I’d prefer a boring 1-0 win next time.”