Former Pools star Mark Tinkler has backed the current squad to quickly climb the table if they continue to perform as they did against Sheffield United on Tuesday night.
He was back at The Vic on Tuesday as our special guest co-commentator on Pools Player and saw enough to convince him that Neale Cooper's men have plenty of reasons to remain optimistic for the rest of the campaign.
"I'll go back to a few years ago - we had a good team but we went to the bottom of the league in the November time after we were beaten down at Plymouth," Tinkler recalled.
"But we got through the season and we battled away and ended up finishing in the play-offs.
"I think you need players who have a lot of bottle who want to work hard for each other, who want to dig in and chuck their bodies on the line and block shots.
"There's also got to be a real team spirit about things and they have to work as a team and get together as a group.
"As a Manager, you ask for your players to go out there and be fully committed to the game and put everything you can in to it to try and win the game.
"Sometimes you don't play as well as you want, you don't have the right first touch or find the right pass but all you can ask is you remain fully committed.
"On Tuesday night there is no doubt they were fully committed to it and I don't think there's any doubt they deserved to win the game or at least get a point.
"You have to take the positives from the performance in to Saturday now, work your socks off again like they did on Tuesday, chase and harry and get to the second ball first off big Stevie.
"They have to press them high up the park and do all those good things again and then hopefully they will get the luck in the final third that they deserved on Tuesday but didn't often get."
Tinkler was in the commentary hotseat due to regular analyst Brian Honour's midweek coaching commitments and next Tuesday we've invited Pools favourite Kevin Henderson to join us for live coverage of the Bradford City game.
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