Competition Is Driving Standards – Hignett

Craig Hignett, Hartlepool United

Craig Hignett has delivered his report on the opening ten games of the season and he is confident that the encouraging signs can be built upon in the coming months.

Pools lie ninth in the National League table as it stands ahead of Saturday’s trip to in-form Dagenham & Redbridge and Hignett says he’s reasonably happy with the way things have gone.

After defeat in the opening two games, the Pools boss refused to panic – and that calm approach helped the players settle and go about creating a five-match unbeaten run in recent weeks.

“It’s been okay so far,” he told Pools TV.

“After a tough start we’ve got in to our stride and we’ve got better, we look a better team now.

“I still think there is room for improvement and I believe we’ll get even better as the season goes on.

“We’re pleased but we won’t get carried away. We’re sitting in and around where I hoped we’d be but I still think there is more to come from us.

“We’ve got a really good squad now, as good as I have known, and it’s driving standards.

“That’s not just in games but the way people are training and they way they think – they don’t want to be out of the team because they know that if they are, they could be out for a while.”