HARTLEPOOL United hope to end their wait for a home win on Monday – and do it in front of their biggest crowd of the season.
Whatever happens at Burton today, Pools need a victory against Morecambe at Victoria Park on Easter Monday (kick-off 3pm).
Following yesterday’s League Two results, Pools find themselves only two points off the dreaded bottom two.
Colin Cooper’s side dropped a place to 19th after Monday’s visitors scored a 90th-minute equaliser to draw 1-1 with leaders Scunthorpe.
Pools are keeping their fingers crossed for a bumper crowd after their Pack the Park initiative for the big game – fans can get in for just a fiver.
Cooper has been happy with the support his side have received but says a packed Vic could be just the tonic his team need.
“I can’t thank our fans enough – their support this season has been very good, at home and away,” said the 47-year-old. “But if we can get 5,000 plus on Monday then that can only make for a positive atmosphere for the lads.
“You have respect the season ticket holders, who turn up regularly, but if we can get a few more supporters in then that’s brilliant.
“Pack the Park is a really good initiative and hopefully we can get the fans in.
“The support is vital at any stage of the season.
“Our objective has always been to give the fans something they are happy to watch.
“On the whole, they have seen some good football over the course of the season and I think they have liked how we’ve tried to play.”
Pools are without a home win since Bristol Rovers were thumped 4-0 on March 15, but Cooper hopes Monday will be the day to end the wait. He said: “Results influence how you think a team has performed
“The results recently have been telling the fans that we are not playing well.
“But while we are not playing brilliantly, we are not playing really badly
“What we must try to do is regain that little bit of confidence we have lacked in the last two to three weeks and hope that gives the players enough belief to go out and express themselves.”