Sam Collins is hoping Pools can land another home tie in the FA Cup after a battling display saw off Cheltenham Town in the First Round at Victoria Park on Saturday.
The Pools Assistant Manager was quick to admit that the side hadn’t turned in a classic performance against The Robins but is delighted that they will be in the hat for Round Two.
Collins is now crossing his fingers that they will be on home soil once again the draw is made live on BBC Two at around 7pm on Monday evening.
“First of all I think we’d like to be at home,” Collins told us.
“We have to hope that we get a tie at The Vic and maybe against a team from a lower division who, on paper, we will have a good chance of beating.
“The bigger the opportunity we have to progress to the Third Round the better because obviously the clubs that come in to the competition at that stage could make it really exciting for everyone.
“Whoever we get, we’ll have to go about it in a professional way – we’ve seen over the years and again this weekend that you can come unstuck in the FA Cup so no game will be easy.”
Kudus Oyenuga’s strike proved the difference between the sides on Saturday as the winger helped himself to a first goal since joining the Club during the summer.
But it was the work Pools got through at the other end of the pitch which gave Collins satisfaction, as the defence kept a clean sheet for only the second time in the last nine games.
“I thought Cheltenham were possibly the better team on the day but we defended really well and had a bit of luck which we’ll take because we’ve been on the other end of it.
“People nowadays get carried away with pretty football and possession but if you do the basics of the game well then you have a chance; as a defender that means winning your headers, getting the better of your man, winning tackles and blocking shots.
“Batesy (Matthew Bates) and Adam (Jackson) did that really well for us on Saturday and it’s those types of things that can win you games, which is what happened.”