Magpies must overcome mental hurdles

NATHAN Pettit will never profess to be a sports psychologist.

He does not have a PhD, nor has he studied the finer details of how the brain works and why people react to situations the way they do.

But those skills would come in handy for the Lower Clarence Magpies coach, after his side crashed to its third defeat of the season.

The 52-20 scoreline suggests the Magpies were beaten across the park, but Pettit said there was more to it than met the eye.

"We've got a real bad habit at the club of conceding points back-to-back," Pettit said.

"When we concede a try, we concede another straight away. Two plays and that's 12 points.

"It isn't limited to first grade; it happens in reserve grade as well."

Pettit has made it his task to replace those bad habits with a steely resolve.

He admitted how difficult it had turned out to be, but knew it was necessary to make the club competitive.

"I identified that really early and it's bloody hard to change," Pettit said.

"But if we stopped it from happening we'd be in a lot more games than we are."



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