Matthew Bates has backed his team to discover a more ruthless edge on home soil as they prepare for Saturday’s visit of Boreham Wood (3pm kick-off).
Pools have hit the net more on their travels than they have at The Super 6 Stadium so far this term and have had to settle for draws in each of their last three home outings.
Having taken the lead in two of those three games, the disappointment of not turning draws in to victories is not lost on Bates but he’s confident his players will find that killer instinct this weekend.
“Teams will enjoy coming here because it’s a big crowd and a good stadium for the level,” Bates told Pools PlayerHD.
“They’ll be up for it so we have to be aware of that and raise our game that little bit more – that’s what we’ll be aiming to do on Saturday.
“It’s about getting that second goal. Once we get that first one, can we go and get another fairly soon after because we’ve not managed to do that in home games this year.
“We’ve still created chances and looked like scoring at times but it hasn’t hit the back of the net and that’s obviously the most important thing.”
Boreham Wood arrive in the North-East on the back of a run of three consecutive defeats but Bates says he still expects last season’s Play-Off Finalists to be contenders this season.
Boss Luke Garrard faced up to the loss of several key players during the summer and has had to move cleverly in the transfer market to put together a new-look team for 2018/19.
“They were very unlucky not to go up last year but they’re a good side,” Bates admitted.
“They have lost a few players from last year, it’s not the same team and they’re probably still trying to gel, like a lot of teams in this league.
“They’ve got a good young Manager and they are a big, strong side so we need to be aware of that and ready for a challenge.”