Richard Money has insisted that his players won’t need warning about the threat posed by AFC Telford United in Saturday’s FA Trophy tie at The Super 6 Stadium.
The Bucks are flying high in National League North and arrive in the North East on the back of a run of four successive wins which have helped lift them right in to the automatic promotion picture.
Money’s first game in charge at Pools came in this competition when he oversaw a 1-0 triumph at Leamington but he expects this weekend to be a bigger test for his team.
“This is not going to be easy in any way, shape or form,” Money told Pools PlayerHD.
“Without wanting to be disrespectful to Leamington, they’re doing better than them in that league so this will be a step up for us.
“It won’t be an easy fixture at all – it’s against a confident team who are doing well and have aspirations to be a National League club again having been there a few years ago.
“Some of the pundits may be looking at this and thinking there’s a chance of a shock but there’ll be no complacency from our players – they have a responsibility to get our supporters onside.
“I feel like we’re progressing and if we play as well as have done in the last three league games then we will have a good chance of going through on Saturday.”
Money has tasted the glory of winning the FA Trophy back in 2014 when he was boss at Cambridge United and he has made no secret of the fact he will be taking the competition seriously.
“The Chairman has won it with Darlington and I have been able to do it with Cambridge.
“I can tell supporters that if you can get to a Final it doesn’t matter what the title is, it’s a Final at Wembley – it’s a great day and you want to win it!”