A Big Game For Both Sides – Challinor

Dave Challinor, Oxford United v Hartlepool United

Dave Challinor has urged his side to give the home fans even more to shout about this weekend by delivering a fourth successive win at Victoria Park.

With Pools sitting just four points behind their visitors, Notts County – who currently occupy sixth place – Challinor knows that another victory on Saturday could be crucial to his side’s chances.

The Pools boss has engineered an excellent record on home soil, tasting defeat just once at The Vic since he took the reins back in November.

However, the significance of another positive result this weekend is not lost on Challinor as his squad return to the pitch for the first time in a fortnight following last week’s postponement.

“It’s a massively important game – a big one for both sides,” he told Pools TV.

“Three points on Saturday may be more important to us than it is to them right now so we’ll be doing everything we can to win the game but we know it will be tough.

“They have had some injuries and some important players missing which has affected what they’ve done but they still carry a Football League squad in terms of size and quality.

“They’re up there for a reason but we’re on a decent run ourselves and we’ve been strong at home so hopefully that will continue.

“The crowd is brilliant here. They’re massively important and they shouldn’t ever under-estimate the part they play but it’s up to the eleven who go out there to give them something to shout about.

“The players have been doing that, the fans have really bought in to it and we’ve had some very positive results so long may that go on.”