We Were Brilliant – Challinor

Dave Challinor, Hartlepool United v Stockport County

Dave Challinor has told his players to enjoy the winning feeling after they turned in one of their most positive performances of the season in victory over Stockport County on Saturday.

The Pools boss was full of praise for the team after goals from Aidan Keena and Mark Shelton saw them through to a 2-0 win which took them three points from the National League top seven.

And whilst Challinor admitted he would analyse the performance and see what could still be improved, he encouraged the players to savour the feeling before returning to work on Monday.

“We were brilliant – I’ve told the players they should be bouncing and absolutely buzzing,” he told Pools TV.

“It’s my job to look at things, reflect, think we’ve done well but use it as motivation to kick-on and get better – but the players have got to enjoy it.

“We had to make some tough decisions at the start of the game in terms of team selection and I changed my mind overnight, if I am bring honest.

“We had to get some momentum if we’re going to get in to the mix and the team we picked were a credit but hopefully the ones we left out realise it was a decision made to give us the best chance of getting the three points.

“I thought for the first twenty minutes of the second half we were very good and we won the game in that period – but it could have been completely out of sight.

“We’ve been there before, 1-0 up at half time – we’re not a bad team if you stop the game then! But we didn’t want to just go out with the mentality of managing the game and winning 1-0, we had to still have the intent to get the second goal and I thought they did that brilliantly.

“At some point, if you’re going to get in to the play-offs, you have to have a run and hopefully this is the start of it now.”