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Players Are Chomping At The Bit - Bates

17 August 2018

Matthew Bates Mark Fletcher (Shutter Press)
Pools boss Matthew Bates

Matthew Bates has insisted that his players are determined to clinch their first win of the season on Saturday when Maidenhead United visit The Super 6 Stadium.

The Pools boss says that, whilst they didn’t get the result they wanted at Braintree Town on Tuesday night, the nature of the performance will give them confidence moving towards the weekend.

They were desperately unlucky not to bring maximum points back from Cressing Road in midweek after dominating the game and Bates is demanding more of the same on Saturday.

“That first 45 against Braintree has to be our standard now,” he told Pools PlayerHD.

“It’s the best we’ve been this season by far and we need to replicate that – if we do, then we’ll be alright.

“The lads are chomping at the bit. Liam Noble’s wife has just given birth to their son and the first thing he told me on a text message was that he’d be back for Saturday and he wants three points.

“That’s the type of character we have in the dressing room now. They’re desperate for the win and so are the fans - this is a different group to last year and performances have shown that.”

After finishing comfortably in mid-table during their debut season in the National League last term Maidenhead have had a tricky start to the new campaign.

However, the fact they lie at the base of the table with just one point to their name does not really interest Bates who says all the focus has to be on making sure Pools’ own performance levels are right.

“Maidenhead being bottom is irrelevant.

“I have had them watched and they’re a good side but the last couple of games it’s been about us and that’s the mentality I want at the moment.

“We’d like to play the way we did on Tuesday so more of the fans can witness it really so we want to keep some momentum and take the game to them this weekend.”

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


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