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Harrison Calls For High Tempo

8 September 2017

Craig Harrison Mark Fletcher (Shutter Press)
Pools boss Craig Harrison

Craig Harrison has told his players that they must continue to put in the hard miles as they look to build on an upturn in form against high-flying Dagenham & Redbridge this weekend.

Confidence is high at Victoria Park ahead of the league-leaders’ visit on Saturday after back-to-back victories over Guiseley and Maidstone United.

Statistics recorded from the players’ GPS vests showed some of the highest levels of the season last weekend and Pools boss Harrison says it’s not a surprise that those figures coincided with the best performance and result so far.

“The players have had a good week in training so we’re looking forward to trying to make it three wins in a row,” Harrison told Pools PlayerHD.

“We showed some really good quality in the Maidstone game but we can’t forget what got us that quality – and that was a base of working hard, winning our individual battles and wanting it a bit more.

“It’s important we don’t get ahead of ourselves and try to play from minute one, we need to set the tempo high, get in people’s faces, work hard, win our tackles and the rest will look after itself.

“There is no coincidence that the stats were so high in terms of kilometres covered, high-speed runs and heart-rates last Saturday – the harder we work, the luckier we’ll get.

“If we work as hard as we have in the last two games then things will start to fall for us and we’ll win more games than we’ll lose.”

It’s set to be a challenging week for Harrison’s squad who follow-up the clash with The Daggers with trips to second-placed Wrexham and third-placed Leyton Orient.

The boss admits it’s an exciting seven days ahead and it’s something he wants the players to embrace as they try to climb the National League table.

“There are the games you want to play in to test yourself,” he insisted.

“It’s a great week ahead for the Club and for the players so we’re throwing the gauntlet down to them and let’s see where it takes us.”

Click here to watch our full pre-match video interview with Craig Harrison on Pools PlayerHD.

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