We Need To Get Winning Mentality – Sweeney

Antony Sweeney, Hartlepool United

Antony Sweeney has insisted Pools will show Brackley Town the respect they deserve on Saturday and told his players they must earn the right to make FA Cup progress.

The caretaker boss is leaving no stone unturned in preparation for the weekend’s Fourth Qualifying Round tie at Victoria Park and has provided the squad with plenty of information on the opposition.

The Saints have won five of their last six games in all competitions and hit the net 24 times in the process so Sweeney knows they will bring a threat with them on Saturday.

However, he wants the players to ensure they maintain a focus on their own performances and is backing them to get the job done if they play to their potential.

“I think you have to respect every opponent you play,” Sweeney told Pools TV.

“They are a good National League North side; they’ve got strong players, they attack in numbers and they’re a threat going forward. They’ve won a lot of games recently and scored plenty of goals.

“But I am confident we have enough in our dressing room to impose ourselves on the game. Our main focus will be on ourselves but we have to respect what they bring.

“You can’t hide away from the financial aspect of the competition – if we can get through the early rounds then there are some massive rewards for the Football Club.

“Not only that, there are rewards for the players in terms of drawing good ties in good stadiums and different experiences so it’s a competition we won’t be taking lightly.

“You have to earn the right to get through the rounds; there are no easy ties so we’re preparing for the best Brackley side and we need to match that by being the best Hartlepool side we’ve been all season.

“Whether it’s the First Team, Under-19s or the Women’s Team, we need to try and get a winning mentality and a winning culture – then hopefully we can all progress together and get a right buzz around the Club again.”