Matthew Bates has urged his players to maintain the consistent form that has driven them up the National League table as they welcome Eastleigh to The Super 6 Stadium on Saturday.
Pools currently lie fourth in the table on the back of seven games unbeaten and five wins from the last six and the boss is looking for that run to continue against The Spitfires this weekend.
It’s the best sequence of results for Pools since the latter stages of the 2015/16 campaign and now Bates is adamant they must not let their standards slip as they look to keep the pressure on their rivals.
“I think consistency is something we’ve lacked over the years I’ve been here,” he told Pools PlayerHD.
“If we want to do anything this season then we have to be consistent – we know we’ll have bad games here or there but we need to find a level we can stick to and then look to improve on.
“We’ve seen it over ten games; we’ve been competitive in every one and we’re seven games unbeaten – that’s consistent form and that’s what we’ve got to carry on.
“We have players here who understand the ups and downs of the league and how hard it can be but there’s also a confidence now – we’re playing well and even when we have a setback we always feel like we can come back from it.”
Eastleigh arrive in the North-East without a win or a goal in their last four games but they were buoyed by an improved display and a clean sheet in their draw with AFC Fylde last Saturday.
However, Bates reckons that Andy Hessenthaler’s men will soon be climbing the table and his Pools players should not be expecting an easy game against the Hampshire outfit this weekend.
“Eastleigh won’t be where they are now at the end of the season, that’s for sure.
“They’re not on a good run of form but form is there to be broken so we’ll take this like any other game, take Eastleigh at face value and not really look at their position in the league or past results.
“I think we are a match for anybody when we are at our best but it’s about being at our best as much as possible – if we are on Saturday then I’ve no doubts we will win the game.”