Matthew Bates has warned Pools’ relegation rivals that he and his united band of players are ready to do whatever it takes to secure their League Two survival.
Bates was placed in temporary charge of First Team affairs, alongside Billy Paynter, Stuart Parnaby and Ian Gallagher on Monday following the departure of boss Dave Jones and his staff.
And the quartet have quickly gone about instilling a positive atmosphere among the players which Bates is confident will spill out on to the pitch in a strong performance this weekend.
Pools make the long trip to Cheltenham Town intent on bringing home the three points which would crack the battle for safety wide open and Bates has insisted there will be no room for shrinking violets.
“We’re going for the win,” he told us.
“That’s what we have set up for so the attacking players will be important but so will the rest of the lads because we need to try and keep a clean sheet as well as score goals.
“We will try to get as many bodies forward as we possibly can because you can’t only win by scoring goals so that’s what we have touched on this week.
“We have tried to plan the sessions around how we will play on Saturday and the lads have responded to that; they’re asking questions which is good because we want an inquisitive dressing room and we want everybody to know their jobs.
“We don’t want to speak about ifs, buts and maybes of what could happen because we want to keep things relaxed and keep those sorts of things out of their heads really.
“What needed to be said was said on Monday and that’s it, so all we’ve done since then is try to keep the players bubbly and positive, and that’s certainly how it is at the minute.
“We think as a group that it’s the best way to go about it so the lads have trained with freedom and we want them to play with freedom on Saturday too.
“We sensed a reaction from the players and that has carried on all week. It’s good to be part of at the minute, if that sounds right given the situation we are in.
“If you take that out of the way, it’s a good dressing room at the moment and that’s important because we’re going to need that over these two games.
“We need to forget what has gone before and concentrate on this mini-league we’re in now and make sure we come out on top.
“Let’s plan right, prepare right and do everything right because then we will give ourselves the best opportunity on Saturday.”