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We Can't Wait For Weekend - Harrison

12 February 2018

Craig Harrison Mark Fletcher (Shutter Press)
Pools boss Craig Harrison

Craig Harrison has admitted there was huge disappointment in the Pools camp when information came through that Saturday’s game at Barrow had been postponed.

Heavy rain rendered the Holker Street pitch unplayable and the fixture against The Bluebirds was called-off following a 9.30am pitch inspection.

It left Pools without a game for the second weekend in a row but Harrison has insisted that will only increase the determination with which they approach this Saturday’s clash with Woking at The Vic.

“The postponement was a nightmare but I guess it was in keeping with the way things have been going for us,” he admitted.

“It was really disappointing because I felt like we’d had a very good week in training, spirits were high and we were all looking forward to the game.

“The feeling I got from the players when we told them the game was off was just frustration because there was a confidence we could go to Barrow and get the three points.

“On the plus side, it’s a little more recovery time for one or two and another week on the training pitch so that’s good.

“But we just want to get the games going again so we’re pleased we’ve got Saturday and Tuesday coming up and we’ll prepare right to try and win both games.

“Although people were gutted when Saturday’s game was off there is a positive frame of mind with them turning up for training today and they’re all chomping at the bit to get back in to some competitive football.”

With no National League game last weekend, Harrison and his staff were able to organise a behind-closed-doors friendly at the training ground to help keep the squad ticking over.

And the Pools boss revealed that it’s something they will consider doing again this week to get more match minutes in to the players in preparation for Saturday.

“We got about 60 or 70 minutes in to most of the players so it was important we did that and we’re glad we did,” Harrison explained.

“It’s been three weeks without competitive football but we’ve done lots of training in that time and the match was good to just provide that little extra competitive edge.

“We’ll probably look to do something similar this week; it’s tough with the numbers because we are down to the bare bones.

“The young kids have done a great job in the Reserves because at this moment in time we can’t afford for any of the senior players to play in that.”


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