We Need To Do The Basics Better – Hignett

Craig Hignett, Hartlepool United

Craig Hignett has told his side they must improve on the basics if they want to kick-start their National League campaign after a frustrating first few weeks.

Pools have performed reasonably well in the majority of their five games so far but mistakes have hurt them and they have already tasted defeat three times.

With no midweek fixture to contend with, Hignett and his staff have been able to do some positive work on the training ground since last Saturday and now he’s looking for that to show at Chorley this weekend.

“It’s been a good week,” Hignett told Pools TV.

“We’ve had a hectic start to the season with all the games and some travelling thrown in so it was nice to have a full week where we can work on the basics because we haven’t been doing them properly and it’s cost us.

“It’s frustrating because we can all see what we’ve got but we’re not quite firing yet. We’ve looked back at the games we’ve played and the goals we’ve conceded have been basic errors.

“We’ve only had one clean sheet but we’ve let ten goals in in four games so if you’re asking the lads to score three win it then that won’t happen week in and week out.

“We have to manage games better but the decision-making has to improve and maybe be a bit more ruthless and cynical at times because that what teams have done against us.”

Saturday’s hosts have had a troubled start following their return to National League level and have suffered heavy defeats in their last two outings.

However, Hignett has studied the footage from both their 6-1 loss against Solihull Moors and the 4-1 reverse at Maidenhead United and has warned his players against any complacency this weekend.

“Chorley were probably the better team in the second half at Maidenhead,” he explained.

“They played well, had a missed penalty which could have made it 2-2 and then conceded two late goals so they were more than in the game and the 4-1 scoreline was harsh.

“They will be wounded and they will be hurting – but that’s no different from us because we want to get this season up and running and we know we’ve got enough to do well in this league.”