Craig Hignett has told his players that professional pride must be the driving force as Pools target a strong finish to their National League campaign.
The Pools boss is adamant that he won’t let any of his squad knock off early and will not accept a drop in standards during their last four games of the campaign.
There will be no promotion or relegation this season for Pools but Hignett says that is no excuse for anyone to take their foot off the gas, especially this weekend when he expects Aldershot to be up for a battle.
Gary Waddock’s side have finished 5th in the last two seasons but they’re currently 11 points adrift of safety and face relegation to National League South unless they win on Saturday.
“They will be fighting for their lives,” Hignett told Pools PlayerHD.
“We know they will be doing everything they can to stay in the League even though it might be a tall order but anyone can beat anyone so we have to go down there properly prepared and approach it really well.
“They like to play which I hope will suit us because we like to play too but we’ll have to be on our toes and start the game properly.
“I don’t want people in holiday mode. Coming to the end of the season we have nothing to play for as a Club but from a pride point of view everyone should want to finish it on a high.
“I definitely want that because then we can go in to the summer full of optimism.”