Richard Money has admitted he can’t wait to take charge of his first home game as Manager when Havant & Waterlooville are the visitors to The Super 6 Stadium on Saturday.
The new boss oversaw an FA Trophy victory at Leamington during his dugout debut last weekend but now his attention switches swiftly to the search for crucial National League points.
On the back of two successive wins, Money is hoping that the increasing confidence within the camp will lead to a strong performance and a crackling atmosphere which can help his team get the result they need.
“It’s felt like a long time coming but I’m really pleased my first league game is at home,” Money told Pools PlayerHD.
“As a visiting manager I always used to look at a trip to Hartlepool and think of strong, vocal support and a tough atmosphere and environment to play in.
“That will only be created by a successful team on the pitch so we have to get that sorted as quick as we can to try and make this a bit of a fortress because I know people don’t like coming up here to play.”
The Hawks arrive for their first-ever visit to Hartlepool in encouraging form, having won four of their last seven National League outings to give themselves breathing space above the bottom four.
Money is well aware of the threat they will pose to his side on Saturday and has urged his players to fully concentrate on what he expects to be a difficult encounter.
“Supporters might get fed up of me saying this but there are no easy games in this league,” Money told Pools PlayerHD.
“Forget the name plate – it doesn’t matter. We could be playing a team from two steps below us and they would have good players on the pitch that you’d think could play higher.
“Havant have forward players who will thrive with balls in the box and put us under pressure, test us and we have to deal with that.
“If we don’t, it doesn’t matter if the name plate says Havant & Waterlooville or Salford or Orient, it’s about the game - so we have to do our jobs right and we have to play well.”