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We Need To Restore Confidence - Bates

24 November 2018

Matthew Bates has insisted that he and the players will keep on fighting to get it right after Dover Athletic’s win on Saturday provided another hit to their confidence.

Pools fell to a fifth successive National League defeat and Bates refused to hide from the disappointment of that but said the only way to put things right was to work harder.

The home side profited from a sloppy first half from Pools and their two-goal half-time lead proved sufficient as Josh Hawkes’ late goal provided mere consolation for Bates’ men.

“We started slowly and looked sluggish,” he told Pools PlayerHD.

“The two goals in the first half were poor from a defensive point of view.

“The lads are in there as disappointed as we are as a staff; there is a lack of confidence at the moment and we have to try and find a way to bring that back.

“We’ve got a game on Tuesday so we will rest tonight and tomorrow but then we’ll be back in working on Monday because we need to sort this form out.

“It’s not going out way at the moment but that’s part of football and part of being a Manager – I have to stand up to that and the players have to stand up to it and that’s what we intend to do.

“Fair play to all the fans who travelled; I know they will be as disappointed as we are but we’ll keep on fighting because we all want the best for the Football Club.”

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

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