Simon Walton has admitted that Pools are in a relegation battle and called on his team-mates to ensure they end a poor run of form to get the results needed to push clear of League Two trouble.
The midfielder was in no mood to pull any punches when he spoke to the press following Saturday’s 2-1 defeat to Chesterfield at Victoria Park and insisted that standards must be raised again in the coming weeks.
Five defeats on the bounce have left Pools only three points clear of the bottom two and Walton says it’s unacceptable to see the way things have developed in recent weeks.
“To be in this situation now is quite scary to be honest,” Walton told Pools Player.
“We’ve conceded shocking goals through sloppiness, laziness, however you want to put it – it’s not good enough and we need to realise that because we have four massive games left.
“We have to go in to them with belief but people have to start realising that you have to put the effort in – you have to run, tackle, do the ugly stuff.
“Whether you like doing it or not you have to do it, particularly in the lower reaches of League Two, and if you don’t then you’ll get found wanting as we have been on more than one occasion recently.
“We realise it’s not good enough and the sooner we sort that the better because whether we like it or not we’re in a relegation battle unfortunately.
“We need to get that win as soon as possible – we’ve got ourselves in to this situation and there’s only us that can get us out of it now.”
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