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Let's Stamp Our Authority - Bates

16 March 2018

Matthew Bates Mark Fletcher (Shutter Press)
Matthew Bates

Matthew Bates has insisted that confidence has grown in the Pools camp but knows his players will need to show that when the make the trip to in-form AFC Fylde this weekend.

The Coasters thrashed Aldershot Town 7-1 last time out to move within touching distance of the National League play-off zone on the back of a run of nine wins from fourteen.

However, Pools have looked more resolute in recent outings and ground out a well-deserved draw against Boreham Wood on Saturday despite having to play the last half hour with ten men.

Now Bates has told his improving squad they must show the same levels of determination and character as they look to drive clear of trouble at the bottom of the table.

“The mood has been good,” Bates told Pools PlayerHD.

“Everyone is pleased with the progress we’ve made and being able to get a point having gone down to ten men so it’s been a good week.

“I try not to get too high or too low in football because it’s down to fine lines but we got that point and hopefully it’s galvanised us and given us some confidence.

“Last week isn’t the first time this season that Fylde have knocked a few goals past a team so, although we go there with confidence, we have to be aware that it will be a tough game.

“If we can stamp our authority on the game and play the play we’ve been playing then we’ll pick up results – but we’ll definitely need to be at it on Saturday.”

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


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