Craig Hignett has told his side they must improve on the basics if they want to kick-start their National League campaign after a frustrating first few weeks.
Pools have performed reasonably well in the majority of their
five games so far but mistakes have hurt them and they have already tasteddefeat three times.
With no midweek fixture to contend with, Hignett and his
staff have been able to do some positive work on the training ground since lastSaturday and now he's looking for that to show at Chorley this weekend.
“It's been a good week,” Hignett told Pools TV.
“We've had a hectic start to the season with all the games
and some travelling thrown in so it was nice to have a full week where we can
work on the basics because we haven't been doing them properly and it's costus.
“It's frustrating because we can all see what we've got but
we're not quite firing yet. We've looked back at the games we've played and thegoals we've conceded have been basic errors.
“We've only had one clean sheet but we've let ten goals in in four games so if you're asking the lads to score three win it then that won't happen week in and week out.
“We have to manage games better but the decision-making has to improve and maybe be a bit more ruthless and cynical at times because that what teams have done against us.”
Saturday's hosts have had a troubled start following their
return to National League level and have suffered heavy defeats in their lasttwo outings.
However, Hignett has studied the footage from both their 6-1
loss against Solihull Moors and the 4-1 reverse at Maidenhead United and haswarned his players against any complacency this weekend.
“Chorley were probably the better team in the second half atMaidenhead,” he explained.
“They played well, had a missed penalty which could have
made it 2-2 and then conceded two late goals so they were more than in the gameand the 4-1 scoreline was harsh.
“They will be wounded and they will be hurting – but that's no different from us because we want to get this season up and running and we know we've got enough to do well in this league.”