Matthew Bates admitted that picking up the first win of the season came as a big relief and now he’s backing the players to put their stamp on the National League.
The Pools boss saw his side defeat Maidenhead United 2-1 at The Super 6 Stadium thanks to goals from Luke James and Nicky Featherstone.
And despite a late rally from the visitors, they held on to chalk up the win and leave the fans, players and staff absolutely delighted at the full-time whistle.
“It’s a big, big three points for us,” Bates told Pools PlayerHD.
“We’ve deserved more than we’ve got in our first four games but to get the monkey off our back with three points is great – the lads are over the moon and so am I.
“We created a few chances in the first half but we weren’t great so we discussed it half time because I wanted more urgency and to be fair they came out and raised it.
“Luke will score goals for this team; he looks a menace for defenders at the minute and I thought him and Niko were brilliant up there again.
“Nicky’s was a great finish. He was under pressure and there was a lad on the line so I think that was the only place he could put it but it was a great execution.
“After that we took our foot off the gas a little bit even though we wanted them to keep doing what they’d been doing because we want to put teams to the sword.
“We’ve worked on seeing games out and in the end we did; there was a spell after they scored where it looked a little nervy but once we calmed down I felt comfortable.
“When you get beat it’s much worse as a Manager than as a player – you go home and sulk, it’s not nice so just to get that win is a relief, I don’t mind saying.
“That’s us now – we go and make our mark on this league now and I’ve absolutely no doubts we will do.”