Barnet v Hartlepool United: Craig Hignett looks for consistency

Pools boss Craig Hignett. Picture by FRANK REID

Pools boss Craig Hignett. Picture by FRANK REID

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Consistency – it’s something every manager is looking for.

Craig Hignett is no different, having witnessed Hartlepool United go from the sublime to the ridiculous in the space of four days.

If they do what they did against Luton and Northampton then results will have to come.

CRAIG HIGNETT

Pools performed superbly against Northampton Town last Saturday, only to get thumped 4-1 at play-off chasing Bristol Rovers.

Hignett said Pools cannot repeat the mistakes which blighted their night at the Memorial Stadium when they visit Barnet tomorrow.

“The players don’t make those mistakes in training and we do a lot of work on shape and how we do things in different situations,” he said. “It will be a case of doing more of the same, the big thing is consistency.

“If they do what they did against Luton and Northampton then results will have to come.

“You can’t play like that and not win, but we have to be consistent and do that week-in, week-out.

“It’s no good having two good games and then one bad one.

“As a manager I’d rather have five or six good and then one bad! But that’s my job to get them better and more consistent.”

Pools come up against another form side tomorrow.

Barnet are 15th in League Two, but sixth in the form table after just one defeat in their last eight games.

Martin Allen’s Bees, who have secured their League Two status, have beaten Plymouth and Portsmouth in recent matches, keeping clean sheets in the process.

“They are all form teams we play,” smiled Hignett. “Barnet had a good win on Tuesday against Plymouth, but I am only worried about what we do and how we go about things.

“I’m concentrating on what we are doing, how we are playing and trying to get us to improve.”