Sam Collins insisted that Pools can still get better under new boss Dave Jones after he oversaw a successful handover with a 2-0 win against Stevenage on Saturday.
Jones left Collins in charge for the visit of the Hertfordshire outfit and the plan he had put in place worked to perfection as Pools scored twice during a hectic five-minute period before half-time.
Brad Walker was drafted in for his first league start of the season, while Rhys Oates was employed as a central striker in a 4-3-3 system which seemed to suit the players as they dominated possession from the off.
Oates missed from the spot on 41 minutes but Pools were ahead within a minute when Nicky Featherstone charged through to score before Man of the Match Walker made it two before the break.
“We tried to put a plan together, we worked on it all week and I thought the things we changed worked well,” Collins told Pools PlayerHD.
“The gaffer has come in and kept it going – he has been brilliant with me and let me get on with what I was doing, and all round I just think it’s been a really positive afternoon.
“Once we settled down we played some really good football and in the second half we kept the ball and looked a really good team.
At half-time the gaffer came in and the message was that we had to manage the game and if they came on to us then we had the pace to hurt them in behind, that’s what Rhys Oates gave us.
“I knew I wanted Brad to play; I played with him and I know him well, and I felt there were signs recently that he was coming back to the Brad we saw a couple of years ago – and he got his rewards today, he was outstanding.
“If it was me playing in that game today the goal would have been to impress the new Manager and I think everyone did that.
“Now they have set the standards and I think they can still improve – and I know full well from the conversations I have had with the gaffer that is exactly what he intends to do.”
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