Ryan Donaldson has opened up on the upset within the Pools camp over the past couple of days and admitted there was a little anger behind their strong display in victory at Aldershot Town.
The skipper admitted that the players were saddened by the departures of Craig Hignett and Ged McNamee following the midweek defeat at Stockport County.
And he revealed that the players and staff spoke about it at the team hotel on Friday night and vowed to use that as motivation to get the three points they needed at The EBB Stadium.
“It’s been hard for everyone, for all concerned,” Donaldson told Pools TV.
“The bus journey down yesterday was a bit sombre but we got together last night and had a meeting to say that if we can give Ged and the gaffer anything then a win today might cheer them up a bit.
“There has been real sadness in the group. We feel like we’ve been close – but not close enough obviously and two men who we respect and like a lot have lost their jobs.
“I think there was a bit of anger in that performance maybe. We wanted to show that we are close to where we need to be and hopefully that win can give us the boost we need.”
Donaldson also had words of praise for Antony Sweeney, who stepped up to the role of Caretaker Manager and prepared the players for the successful trek to Aldershot.
“We’ve had no training really, two long bus journeys in a week – and for this trip and what we needed, Sweens has been different class, perfect really.
“He asked us our opinions and reassured us. He made the plan today very clear and concise so I think he and Ian McGuckin both deserve a lot of credit.
“It must have been tough but the way they have handled themselves and the way they have handled us has been outstanding so I hope they were pleased with that result.”