Richard Money has urged his players to hit back from their FA Trophy disappointment by producing a bright performance in front of the television cameras at Harrogate Town on Saturday.
There was frustration at The Super 6 Stadium last time out as Pools were knocked out of the FA Trophy by National League North outfit AFC Telford United.
However, bolstered by three new signings, Money says that he and the squad have no option but to put that defeat behind them and hit back in a positive fashion against high-flying Town at The CNG Stadium.
“It was disappointing last weekend – we wanted to give the supporters something to cling on to for the rest of the season,” admitted Money when speaking to Pools PlayerHD.
“Sometimes you just have to throw it away as quickly as you can because you can over-analyse things.
“The last three league games we’ve won one, drawn one and lost one – they’ve been tight games, most of the games this season have been that way.
“We’ve shown a bit of progress in those last three league games so my mindset is now that we have to forget the Trophy – let’s pick up where we left off in the last three games in the league.”
Money has been full of admiration for the way Simon Weaver’s men have gone about it this term having won promotion via the National League play-offs last season.
The Pools boss knows that his side face a difficult examination in Saturday’s early kick-off despite the hosts’ recent dip in form but says there is a determination to perform in front of what is set to be a large travelling contingent.
“It will be a tough game and we’ll have to play well – they’re in the play-off positions for a reason.
“I think they’ve got that nice momentum that you come up with, they’ve added to the group and been able to keep that going in to this season.
“Most teams will have a period in the season where maybe results don’t go the way they want but I would suggest that their performances haven’t reflected that necessarily.
“It’s relatively local so I expect we’ll take good support and it’s live on television so we want to give a good account of ourselves for whoever is watching.”