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Home Crowd Gives Us An Edge - Challinor

7 February 2020

Club News

Home Crowd Gives Us An Edge - Challinor

7 February 2020

Dave Challinor has urged his players to unlock the power of

the home support this weekend by getting on the front foot from the first

whistle against Aldershot Town.

The Pools boss is well aware of the impact a passionate fan

base at Victoria Park can have on the team but he understands that the players

must provide them with a performance to get behind.

A clinical and classy display during the 2-0 win over

Stockport County last time out on home turf was greeted with acclaim from the

terraces and Challinor wants that to become a regular thing moving forward.

Aldershot arrive at The Vic having tasted defeat just once in

their last eight games but Challinor is convinced that Pools can get another

good result if they approach the game in the right way.

“It's massively important we build on the Stockport game,” Challinortold Pools TV.

“That was a good performance, a great atmosphere and apositive result for us so we want to try and get in to a run like that.

“Our home and away form has to be good if you're challenging

but history will probably show that if you want to be successful then your home

record is going to massively important.

“I think we have a distinct advantage in that we have an amazing crowd that turns up to support us so we have to make sure we use that to its full potential.

“The atmosphere against Stockport was fantastic but we have

to be at the forefront of that and the players that are out there need to be

positive, on the front foot and get the crowd in to the game by giving them

something to cheer about.

“We want to get over that little bit of frustration we hadlast week and put it right on Saturday.”

With Gavan Holohan sidelined through suspension, Challinor

will need to make at least one change to his starting eleven for Saturday's

meeting with The Shots.

However, the Pools boss is confident in the squad he has at

his disposal and he has encouraged those who are handed the shirts this weekend

to show that they deserve to keep them.

“When one door closes on a player, another one will open andsomeone else will get an opportunity.

“The big positive for me is that people are looking over

their shoulder a little bit now and knowing they need to perform if they want

to keep their place.

“Somebody will get an opportunity on Saturday and I hope that they go and grab it with both hands.”

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