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Another Big Game For Us - Challinor

28 February 2020

Club News

Another Big Game For Us - Challinor

28 February 2020

Dave Challinor has challenged his players to further buildon the momentum they have built when they make the trip to Boreham Wood this weekend.

Pools have played their way back in to contention for a top

seven finish on the back of a more consistent run of form in recent weeks and

go in search of a third successive victory on Saturday.

Challinor's men have nudged themselves in to a strong

position in the chasing pack and another win at Meadow Park would further galvanise

the drive to finish inside the play-off positions.

“They have had a brilliant season but on Saturday if we win

we can get within two points of them,” said Challinor when he spoke to Pools TV

at Aston Villa's training ground on Friday.

“We've built momentum and now we've got two big away games but

I don't think they will be defining because we could win them both and not win

again for the rest of the season.

“With 11 games to go, our targets remain the same and if we

can better that then brilliant but, fundamentally, we just want to make sure we

get enough points to give us some extra games at the end of the season.

“Hopefully we've turned the corner a bit and got a little

run going and we want that to continue to give us an outside shot of hijacking

the places and getting in to those play-offs.”

Challinor will put aside his friendship with opposite number

Luke Garrard when the whistle blows this weekend and the business of getting

three points takes priority.

The Pools boss is full of respect for the job Garrard has

done at Meadow Park but he still hopes that it's his own post-match beer which tastes

sweeter at full-time on Saturday.

“We'll meet up at our hotel later on and have a chat,” herevealed.

“He will want to win and I want to win, it's as simple as that

– and we'll both be doing everything within our powers to make that happen. But

when the game finishes I'm sure we'll have a drink together.

“From my perspective in particular, potentially somewhere down the line this season our paths cross again and if that's the case then we'll have been successful and achieved something – and it will be a game of an awful lot more significance than tomorrow will have.”

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