Craig Harrison admits his Hartlepool side did not dominate, as he expected on their National League debut

Hartlepool United boss Craig Harrison.
Hartlepool United boss Craig Harrison.

Dominate possession. Pools boss Craig Harrison wants his players to lay down a marker next time they take to the field.

And he wants them to make sure they’re on the front foot when it comes to keeping the ball, much like they were for the whole of their pre-season campaign.

“They worked hard, put a shift in, but we could have dominated possession quicker than we did,” he said ahead of the trip to Moss Rose to take on Macclesfield Town tomorrow night.

“Overall we weren’t at the races for whatever reason when we had possession.

“We changed at half-time, changed a couple of players and the formation of the team. First-half after 20 minutes we could have settled and dominated the ball a little more. We have to learn from that moving forward.”

Whatever the result Harrison is not the type of manager who will rest on his laurels.

The former TNS man has been like a breath of fresh air since coming to the club, changing training methods, personnel and even mindsets around the Vic.

It is a whole lot more positive place now than it was when he arrived at the start of the summer.

With that in mind he is not the type of manager to get too emotional. He was the picture of cool and calm in the press room after the Dover defeat.

The last two days since the Whites loss have been out working out where Pools went wrong and making sure they learn from it.

“Did I find out more about the players today? Not really, we learn all the time,” said Harrison.

“For me that is an important part of the game. We have to learn from mistakes, it is vital. That’s not just for me, but for the staff and the players, too.

“We will get a solution from watching it back as a group and seeing what we can do better.

“It’s gone and we review the game. We will be critical and make sure we pick the bones out of it.

“But it’s the first game, you don’t want to lose any game – I hate getting beat. It’s one game lost, it’s only three points.”