Our Hard Work Came To Fruition – Sweeney

Antony Sweeney, Hartlepool United

Antony Sweeney hailed the hard work on the training ground which paved the way for victory over Barnet and then challenged his players to keep building the momentum.

The 2-0 win at Victoria Park was a third in succession under Sweeney’s caretaker stewardship and it was a result which moved Pools within two points of the National League’s top seven.

A first half double from Nicke Kabamba did the double but, in truth, Pools were comfortable winners on the day and could have added to their lead during a dominant performance.

“I have just told the lads that I am really proud of them,” Sweeney told Pools TV.

“We built up this week in terms of what we wanted to do but also for what we thought Barnet would do and for large periods of that game the players executed that game-plan to perfection.

“We scored goals at good times too, which gave us a platform and confidence, and then the sending-off affected the second half but even after that the game management was really good.

“They were two good finishes from Nicke – he’s a threat when he gets in those areas. We’ve been banging on at him to get in the box more so hopefully he will enjoy the success he’s had today and then go again next week and the week after that.

“The hard bit is done now – getting the ball rolling. That momentum is going now and now it’s the time to keep it going and you push it and push it and push it.

“We’re striving for perfection but I will enjoy that win tonight because I feel like the work, the planning and the thought process through the week has come to fruition in the game and that gives us a real sense of satisfaction.

“I’m so pleased for the lads – it’s a team game and I am struggling to pick out anyone who didn’t contribute today.”