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Hard Work Must Continue - Bates

7 September 2018

Matthew Bates Leila Coker (Shutter Press)
Matthew Bates

Matthew Bates has told his players they can’t afford to take their foot off the pedal as they look to underline a positive start to the season when they travel to Solihull Moors on Saturday.

Pools have nudged themselves in to the National League play-off positions on the back of six games unbeaten and four wins from the last five.

However, Bates knows that the league table is only in its infancy and that the squad need to make sure they keep the same level of intensity throughout what looks set to be a highly contested campaign.

“Things have settled down but you can see how tight it is,” he told Pools PlayerHD.

“We’re sixth and three points off top but there are a handful of teams on the same amount of points so it’s very tight and I can see it being like that right until the end.

“We have to just concentrate on our own performances, keep doing what we’ve been doing and maintain our standards and if we do that the results will keep on coming.

“It’s a decent platform but that’s all it is – there is no point starting the season well and then tailing off so there is no respite for me or the lads, we have to keep working hard.”

This weekend’s opponents Solihull Moors have also enjoyed an encouraging opening to the new season and are one of the four teams who are level on 16 points alongside Pools.

Bates was impressed with the way they performed during their 1-0 win at The Vic in April and knows that new boss Tim Flowers has picked up where Mark Yates left off at Damson Park.

“Solihull were very good when they came to us last season.

“They’re a little different in terms of shape from what I have seen this season and we know it will be a tough game but we will go there to win, that’s how we will set up as a team.

“We want to stamp our authority on games and let the opposition worry about us because if we can play at full pelt we’ll be more than a match for any team at this level.”

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

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