Craig Harrison praised the attitude of his players as they bounced back to form with an emphatic 4-0 win over FC Halifax Town at Victoria Park on Tuesday night.
The Pools boss had asked for a response from his squad following the weekend defeat to Aldershot Town and they delivered, Nicky Deverdics, Liam Donnelly and Rhys Oates all scoring in a dominant first half display.
Conor Newton added gloss to the victory near the end with his first goal for the Club as Pools sent out a message with one of their most fluent performances of the season to put The Shaymen to the sword.
“We got out of the blocks quickly and put them under pressure straight away,” Harrison told Pools PlayerHD.
“We have a really good group of lads and we all knew, staff included, that Saturday wasn’t good enough and knew that tonight had to be better – that’s what it was all about and actions speak louder than words.
“Every player on the pitch helped us set the tone. Everything was done with a better tempo and we passed it well in patches of the game to create opportunities.
“We wanted to freshen it up a bit tonight. At this stage of the season with lots of games it’s important to do that and I thought the lads that came in and those that stayed in were fantastic.
“The second half was always going to be hard because they don’t want to end up getting beat six or seven and they try to keep it tight so we had to be patient but it was important to get another goal.
“We talk about setting the standards and that’s what I think we’ve done tonight and now we need to do that every game with that same positive attitude.”