While City’s fans haven’t had many kind words to say about Warren Joyce this season, they have him to thank for one of the best individual halves of football seen this season.

Going into the half time break against Sydney FC after a directionless first 45 minutes, Joyce’s half time team talk – specifically his dressing down of Shayon Harrison – was the difference as City went on to claim an important 2-0 victory.

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On loan from Tottenham Hotspur, more had been expected of Harrison in the A-League than he had shown in his first four matches, and that trend continued in the first half at Leichardt Oval as Joyce was fuming at the Englishman’s output.

Claiming that Jamie Maclaren was forced to do the job of two players to make up for Harrison’s lazy showing, Joyce pointed the finger directly at his import and let him know about it.

“We had a bit of stick at half time because Jamie was working his socks off doing Harrison’s work for him. What was said is between me and Harrison: I’ll tell you outside but it’ll scare you,” said Joyce.

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Whatever Joyce said to the 21-year-old, it worked. Harrison went on to score his maiden A-League goal and followed it up with a spectacular volley which deflected off Paulo Retre to make it 2-0.

Harrison’s double secured the three points for City with Joyce impressed at how the young playing responded to the half time criticism.

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Feature image credit: Ngau Kai Yan

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