Matthew Bates has admitted his team can’t wait to get out on the pitch against Aldershot Town on Saturday to show that they’ve wiped away the disappointment of Tuesday’s defeat.
Pools were beaten for only the second time this season at big-spending Salford City in midweek but Bates has insisted that there will be no hangover from that when they return to action against The Shots.
The Pools boss wants his players to respond in the best way possible with victory on home soil and he knows that to do that they will need to be sharper in the final third this weekend.
“We are creating chances and opening teams up but it’s about finishing,” Bates admitted when speaking to Pools PlayerHD.
“If we can finish half of our chances we would be winning games comfortably.
“Once we do it once or twice - a 2-0 or a 3-0 - the confidence will grow and we’ll see more of it but it’s just trying to get that first one on the board.
“Tuesday is gone now and we move on – we said that in the changing room straight after the game.
“We go again on Saturday when we’ll be fresh, we’ll be excited and we’ll be looking to put that defeat well and truly behind us.”
Bates is predicting an attractive game of football on Saturday as Pools play host to an Aldershot outfit who have struggled on their travels so far this season.
However, they defeated Dover Athletic last weekend and also registered an improved display in midweek despite losing 1-0 at home to Maidstone United.
“I like Gary Waddock, we met last year at their place and he’s a good manager who knows what he’s doing,” said Bates.
“He’s got a new team there but I’ve watched their last two games and they’ve done well – they’re a team who try and get the ball down and play the right way.
“It will be an exciting game with two teams who want to play but we’re at home and we’re expected to win so we want to put on a show for our fans and come away with three points.”