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Concentrate On Our Own Game - Bates

23 February 2018

Matthew Bates Mark Fletcher (Shutter Press)
First Team Coach Matthew Bates

Matthew Bates has said he aims to enjoy his time in temporary charge of First Team affairs but has insisted he and the players will get through plenty of work ahead of Saturday’s game.

The 31-year-old stepped up to take on the role of caretaker manager earlier this week following the departure of Craig Harrison after Tuesday’s defeat at FC Halifax Town.

Bates had his appetite whetted for life in the dugout at the end of last term when his work almost paved the way for a dramatic survival in the Football League for Pools.

Now he is focused only on the task of getting three points from this weekend’s visit of Ebbsfleet United to Victoria Park – and he’s already got down to work at the training ground.

“I had that couple of weeks at the end of last season and I’ve never hidden that I enjoyed it despite the relegation from the Football League,” Bates told Pools PlayerHD.

“I enjoyed the day to day work and I hope to do so again. We have to try and get the lads going and pick them up so that starts on Saturday with Ebbsfleet.

“I had a chat with the players on Thursday, it was a good honest chat – and the work starts now.

“I’ve watched clips of Ebbsfleet and some of ourselves to look at the tactical side and we’ll be on the training pitch working on things for the weekend.

“They are a very experienced side and they have a good front three which we need to be aware of so we’ll show them respect.

“But I think we need to worry more about ourselves; it’s time to forget about the opposition in a sense and let’s try and put our own fingerprint on games.

“We want to take the game to the opposition, get the ball forward, get it in to the box and score goals but at the same time the lads at the back have to be better and keep clean sheets.”

Bates has called on the fans to continue their backing of the Club in the same way they got behind the team during that remarkable encounter with Doncaster Rovers during his watch last term.

And he says that they have to remember how crucial a role they can play as Pools look to steer themselves away from the danger zone at the bottom of the National League table.

“I think sometimes the fans don’t realise just how important they are,” he insisted.

“I was talking to Carl Magnay on Thursday and he mentioned that Doncaster game at the end of last season and how the fans can be the twelfth man – and we need that.

“My message would be to get right behind myself and the players; let’s have a fresh start and come together to help keep this team in the division and work our way up it.”

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


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