Michael Woods has called on his team-mates to be more clinical at both ends of the pitch when they go in to their crucial encounter against Tranmere Rovers this weekend.
The midfield schemer put in his best display in a Pools shirt during last weekend’s fine 2-0 win over Cheltenham Town but was unable to help the team build on that at Shrewsbury on Saturday.
After creating many of the better chances during an encouraging first half performance at Greenhous Meadow, Pools were hit by three second half goals as the high-flying hosts went on to enjoy a comfortable victory.
And Woods insists that Pools can’t afford to make the same errors in either final third this weekend when they look to close the gap on Rovers at the bottom of the League Two table.
“We’ve got to be more ruthless in both boxes,” he told Pools Player.
“We came in at half time and the gaffer told us that if we’d taken our opportunities we’d have come in with a lead – we had a few good chances and their keeper made a couple of good saves.
“The first goal turned the game on its head and it was a poor goal to concede; that gave them a lift and I think they were on top from there on in.
“I think last week was one of our best performances of the season and on Saturday the first half was good so if we can play anywhere near like that next week then it should hold us in good stead.
“The gaffer has said he wants to bring two or three more in if he can and when you look at the bench now I think there is a bit of competition for places as well.
“Everyone is on their toes, everyone is fighting for positions and we’ll go to Tranmere next week with all guns blazing.”
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