Craig Harrison is expecting a different kind of challenge when Pools make the trip to face Macclesfield Town on Tuesday evening (7.45pm kick-off).
The Pools boss saw his side beaten by Dover Athletic on the opening day when the visitors’ robust and very effective style of play saw them score the only goal in the first half.
However, Harrison knows that Pools will be in a different kind of game against a new-look Macclesfield outfit who enjoyed a confidence-boosting 1-0 win at Wrexham on Saturday.
The players have been in training on both Sunday and Monday to get the Dover defeat out of their systems and now Harrison says they’re raring to go against The Silkmen.
“We’ve had a couple of good days training since Saturday now,” he told us.
“A lot of it has been recovery obviously and getting ready for the next game because the fixtures are coming so thick and fast in the early part of the season.
“For that reason we can’t get too hung up on the past, it’s gone and we can’t affect that now – we just have to be prepared for tonight’s game because that’s the important thing now.
“There are so many different challenges we will face in this division and that’s what makes it interesting – we’ve looked back to see where we went wrong on Saturday but Macclesfield will be completely different.
“The things we didn’t do right at the weekend might not have a bearing on Tuesday – there are so many styles of opponent in the league so it will be horses for courses for us during the season.
“I have watched Macclesfield, we’ve had the reports and they like to pass the ball out from the back and play football so it will be the polar opposite of Saturday.
“We’re really looking forward to the game, the lads are ready and prepared so now it’s all about going there and getting the points.”