Nicky Featherstone says that Pools have an opportunity to make a statement as they return to National League action against Sutton United on Saturday.
A third consecutive victory on home soil would help Matthew Bates’ men put more pressure on the play-off places and open up a gap to the teams behind them in the table.
And Featherstone – who has missed only one game so far this term – is adamant that Pools must show their quality against The U’s and keep up their National League momentum.
“If we want to be up there then we have got to be beating the teams around us,” Featherstone told Pools PlayerHD.
“I think they’re just below us at the moment so this is a big game and it’s a chance for us to stay amongst the top six or seven.
“I had a look at the league the other day and I think we’re only six points off the top of the table and the gap between eighth and tenth can start opening up if we put a few good results together.”