Peter Hartley pens his latest Blog telling us more about training ground work, his plans for the blank weekend and why Ryan Noble has a black eye!Hello and welcome to my latest Blog here on the Official Website.
At Walsall on Saturday I felt like we could even have nicked all three points in the second half and it would have been very welcome because we obviously need to win as many games as we can given the situation we're in. Away from home a point is probably a reasonable result though and it's important that we try to bring our home form back to what it should be and make Victoria Park a fortress.
We're enjoying a full week of training at the moment and although the weather has meant we've had to be on artificial turf it's been short and sharp, and the standard and quality has been very high.
Obviously we would all have preferred to have a game this weekend but I think the two weeks on the training ground will definitely help us. We've had Saturday and Tuesday games for a while so hopefully this little break can benefit the players and the new manager.
The gaffer will still be assessing all the players in the squad and making his judgements about us so we have to work as hard as we possibly can to impress him, get in the side and then try to stay there.
You can see straight away he has a philosophy on football. You can see he wants to keep the ball down, work openings, drag teams out of position. However, he also knows that in the situation we're in right now if we have to win nasty then we'll do that.
On Saturday I'm going to have a watch of Soccer Saturday I think and see Jeff Stelling as we don't get a great deal of chance to watch him usually. He's a big Pools fan and always gives us plenty of coverage - I saw that he was auctioning the James Brown doll for charity last week which is a great thing to do. Hopefully he has attracted some sensible bids and raised a lot of money.
I was thinking that maybe he could replace the James Brown doll with a Peter Hartley doll - but then I figured he wouldn't need to use it much and it would be just under his desk gathering dust!
I have to finish by letting you in on a little story from the training ground the other day when Ryan Noble got smacked in the face by the ball from about two yards! Nathan Buddle cleared it off the line and Ryan was in there trying to get himself a poacher's goal but it went straight in to his face and it gave him an instant black eye!
All the lads were rolling around laughing at him! He saw the funny side eventually but at the time he was just flat out on the floor!
Anyway, that's all for now so enjoy your weekends and, as usual, if you have any questions for me then send them through to firstname.lastname@example.org