Antony Sweeney has told his players they can be confident of a fourth victory in a row on Saturday at Notts County – as long as they earn the right with more hard work.
The caretaker boss has presided over three consecutive wins and three clean sheets in the process but knows his team potentially face their stiffest test this weekend against an in-form Magpies outfit.
However, Sweeney is adamant that the preparations will be in place for Pools to continue their fine run as long as they stick to the same principles and work ethic they have shown in their last three outings.
“Be confident but be aware this is a fresh challenge,” Sweeney told Pools TV.
“The last three games have no bearing on this result; we still have to earn it and do the ugly side of football which I feel, over the last three games, we’ve started to do a lot better.
“We have some talented footballers and with, the ball at our feet, I don’t worry too much about us but at times when our backs have been against the wall we’ve lacked resilience – hopefully that’s coming back now.
“We’ve found a way to win the last three and now we have to find a way to win this one so we’ll give the players a plan of how we see it panning out but they will have to make the decisions on the pitch.
“We have enough experience in there that no matter which way the game goes we can find that way so I am going in to it quietly confident.”
A crowd in excess of 5,000 can be expected at Meadow Lane on Saturday, with Pools having sold just short of 450 advance tickets for the clash – the first between the sides outside the EFL.
“It’s a traditional football ground, there will be a higher gate than most gates in our league and we’ll have a magnificent support which is brilliant.
“It has the feel of what you want, it has the feel of a proper football match – and I think we should thrive on that.”