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Let's Finish On A High - Bates

27 April 2018

Matthew Bates Mark Fletcher (Shutter Press)
Matthew Bates

Matthew Bates has challenged his players to bring 2017/18 to a close in positive fashion when they make the final day trip to Tranmere Rovers this weekend.

Pools have suffered a roller-coaster campaign both on and off the pitch but in recent weeks have secured National League safety and seen a takeover completed to save the Club.

Now Bates is hoping his small squad can bring the curtain down on a stressful season for all concerned by taking three points against a Tranmere side already certain of finishing runners-up.

The caretaker boss has been impressed with what he’s seen from Micky Mellon’s promotion-chasing outfit and expects them to be back at full strength after they rested players for Tuesday’s defeat at Solihull Moors.

“We’re planning on Tranmere getting back to their strongest side, I think that’s what will do – I might be wrong. With that side they’d won their last six so we know this will be a big test,” Bates told Pools PlayerHD.

“They got 95 points last year and didn’t go up, they’re not far off that this year but I am sure they will go in to the play-offs and do very well.

“Having said that, for a team to finish on as many points as they have and be second in the league but have to go through the play-offs is wrong, in my opinion.

“It’s been a tough season all round for us and it will be nice to get it over and done with if I’m being honest – but we want to end it on a high and let’s go for the win.

“We know it will be tough against a strong Tranmere side but on the last day of the season it’s all about enjoying it.

“I’m sure the fans will with the fancy dress planned so I’ll be trying to enjoy it too and so will the players by putting on a strong performance.”

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

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