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We Can Send A Message - Bates

25 September 2018

Matthew Bates Mark Fletcher (Shutter Press)
Pools boss Matthew Bates

Matthew Bates has called on his in-form side to send out another message to their National League rivals by bringing all three points home from Salford City on Tuesday night.

The Pools boss has presided over a strong start to the new campaign which has seen his team climb back up to fifth place in the table on the back of an unbeaten run of nine games.

On Saturday their victory at FC Halifax Town was their fourth successive triumph on a road, a feat not matched since their record-breaking promotion season of 2006/07.

Bates has admitted that his side’s performances have seen confidence soar in recent weeks though he is aware that there is a big challenge awaiting them at The Peninsula Stadium on Tuesday.

“I think this could be the toughest one yet,” he told the Official Website.

“But the run we’re on is good so we will go there full of confidence, wanting to win the game and if we can play like we did against Halifax then we’ll have a chance.

“The lads are looking forward to it and so am I. It’s the kind of fixture you want to play in – a night game under the lights against a Salford side that are really going for it this season.

“We’re nine unbeaten now and we’ve not lost away from home yet this season so we want to keep that going for as long as possible – of course it will end at some point but we hope that won’t be Tuesday.

“I think we’ve been sending out messages every week in terms of our results and how we’re playing and Tuesday won’t be the be all and end all this season.

“But it would send out another message of intent from us if we can go there and get the three points.”

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