Sam Collins has urged the players to be positive and take the game to Exeter City when they make the long trip to St James’ Park on Saturday (3pm kick-off).
Paul Tisdale’s men have climbed to fourteenth in the table on the back of an impressive run of four successive victories in League Two but are battling a difficult period on the injury front.
And Collins insists that Pools can approach the game with confidence as they look to climb away from the foot of the table with a third victory in four visits to St James’ Park.
“We’ve got to go for it,” Collins told us.
“The messages from me will be the same as they were on Tuesday night; let’s create some momentum in the game, be positive and go and play in their half of the field.
“When we don’t have the ball we have to have a good shape and we’ll need to work as hard as we can, but when we’re in the final third let’s do what we did on Tuesday because we opened them up at times.
“Paul’s teams always try to play with clever movement from the strikers and midfielders; they try to stretch you and take you in to areas that can cause problems if your shape and communication isn’t right.
“They’ll have some momentum because they’re winning football matches, even though they maybe have to make some changes - but we have to keep the focus on what we do.”
Collins re-iterated his pleasure in seeing how youngsters such as Kieran Green and Dan Jones on their full debuts and admitted that they have given him food for thought.
Now he must decide whether to keep faith with that youthful element or make some changes for the long trip to Devon and the return to league action.
“I was really pleased with the way the young boys did on Tuesday night, but it was nothing more than I expected because I know them well.
“I have some decisions to make for Saturday but I told the lads in midweek that they were in the team and they had to make sure they stayed in the team.
“We’ve got a long journey so we will see how we are when we get there and after we’ve done some training work.
“I have some thoughts in my head about what I would like us to try and do tomorrow; we worked on that yesterday and we’ll do some more on it later today.
“We’ll be prepared and we’ll be ready for the game tomorrow and we’re all looking forward to it.”