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We Must Rise To The Challenge - Bates

13 April 2018

Matthew Bates Mark Fletcher (Shutter Press)
Matthew Bates

Matthew Bates has encouraged his team to play with confidence at Sutton United this weekend as they go in search of a third successive away victory.

Pools have slipped up twice at home in the past week but have been more solid on the road, where they enjoyed important wins at Barrow and Maidstone United.

Caretaker boss Bates has once again taken the step of preparing for Saturday’s game on The U’s 3G pitch by taking his players on to plastic at their training ground this week and he feels the surface could even hold an advantage for this players.

The hosts are still in the mix for promotion to the EFL despite a loss of form in recent weeks which has seen them lose three in a row ahead of Saturday’s meeting and Bates says Pools are more than capable of getting a result.

“It’s going to be tough,” Bates admitted when speaking to Pools PlayerHD.

“Sutton haven’t been on a great run recently but, looking at footage of their games, there hasn’t been a lot in them and they haven’t deserved to lose all three so this will be a challenge for us.

“The lads know what we expect, we have a gameplan and we have worked on that in training so let’s go there and look forward to that challenge.

“I think at Maidstone on their plastic pitch we knocked the ball around nicely and we’ve done well on pitches where we’ve been able to move it around so I want us to play with confidence.

“There is no set target, it’s just about getting points on board as quickly as possible to make sure we’re safe – it won’t be an easy game on Saturday but we’ll be going there looking for the win.”

Click here now to watch our full pre-match video interview with Matthew Bates on Pools PlayerHD.

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