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We Must Thrive On Winning Feeling - Sweeney

25 October 2019

Club News

We Must Thrive On Winning Feeling - Sweeney

25 October 2019

Antony Sweeney has revealed that there has been a bubbly

atmosphere in training following back-to-back wins and he has urged the players

to take that on to the pitch with them this weekend.

Pools enjoyed their biggest win of the season last time out

in the National League at Aldershot Town a fortnight ago before seeing off

Brackley Town in the FA Cup and keeping a second consecutive clean sheet last


Caretaker boss Sweeney has seen first-hand how that has

impacted on the demeanour of his squad on the training ground and is hoping that

the winning feeling is something they can get used to.

“You've got to enjoy it when you win but you have to thriveon it as well,” Sweeney told Pools TV.

“I am pretty sure the reason training has been decent is on

the back of two good results – would it have been as intense and lively if it

was on the back of two not so good results?

“That's what winning breeds and hopefully the players have

got a taste for it because I keep looking at the league table and thinking that

if we can get on a little run it will quickly look a whole lot better for us.

“I believe we have some good players in this squad, it's as

strong as it's been for a number of years and every week it's difficult to pick

an eleven and even more difficult to pick five for the bench.

“We're strong but that has to be shown in consistent results,

and consistency is probably the key word for us now – we can say it, we can

believe it but only performances and results will back that up.”

Pools return to National League action at The Vic on

Saturday when they host Barnet, who will have been boosted by their midweek FA

Cup replay win over Potters Bar.

The Bees have struggled for regular victories over recent

weeks but Sweeney has seen enough of them in action this season to know that

Pools can't afford to take them lightly.

“When they're good, they're very good,” Sweeney admitted.

“I have watched a couple of their games and we've had the

scouting reports on them so we know they play an expansive brand of football and

they pass the ball really well.

“They have their deficiencies like any team at this level so

it's up to us to match what they bring to the party but also stamp our

authority on the game.

“I believe I've picked a side and formation that can do that so it just needs putting it in to practice on Saturday now.”

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