Dave Jones has called on his players to show some fight in the final two games as they scrap for their League Two lives following defeat to Barnet on Saturday.
Pools fell in to the division’s bottom two following the 2-0 loss at The Northern Gas and Power Stadium as their battle for survival was taken out of their hands by Newport County’s win.
“You have to go out and show a bit of fight and determination but I think fear is creeping in,” Jones told Pools PlayerHD.
“We practice all week and it’s been a good week for everybody and we’ve worked hard – we wanted that week to just go one more day and I didn’t see it.
“It’s difficult to swallow because we put things in to practice and work in training but it doesn’t come off today and that’s got to be attitude at the end of the day, it can’t be anything else.
“Why they just relied on punting it, I don’t know. We’re shouting for them to squeeze it, get forward, get the ball in to people and go wide.
“You want to see that fight, certainly for the fans. Once the players cross the white line they have to show some gumption but you can see they are frightened.
“I have the fight in me, I don’t want to put my reputation on the line. I will fight and scrap anybody, that’s what I will do – but I want to see that from the players as well.”
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