Craig Harrison reveals how he intends to keep Hartlepool United unbeaten

Craig Harrison
Craig Harrison

Craig Harrison will use brain as well as brawn to keep Hartlepool United unbeaten.

The Pools boss believes the use of sports science counts as much as the football as he looks to carry on the club’s revival.

Three wins in a row – including two clean sheets – has moved Pools three points outside the play-off zone ahead of a difficult trip to third-placed Wrexham tomorrow night.

It forms part of a tough eight days for the squad who visit high-fliers Leyton Orient on Saturday.

And that means there was no day off for the players yesterday.

Harrison explained what they do on the Sabbath is crucial on the back of a high-tempo, hard-graft 1-0 win over leaders Dagenham & Redbridge.

“It is going to be a hard week, but we will prepare for Wrexham in the right manner – swimming pool, ice baths, massages, foam rolling,” he said. “It means we’ll be ready to go again today at training and getting to work on our game-plan.

“Hopefully we can execute the game-plan as we have the last three games.

“Recovery is massive part of modern-day football, with so many games coming thick and fast.”

Jonathan Franks secured a third win in a row for Pools against the Daggers with an exquisite finish, but the victory was built on hard work, and running, a lot of running.

“Look at the distances the players cover and the high-speed runs they are making,” added Harrison.

“I’ve not seen the stats but you are talking about 600, 700, 800 metres at full speed.

“So 10% of the overall kilometres they cover is done in sprints.

“First up, you get the recovery done, protein shakes, the right type of food, rest.

“Sunday is the pool, ice baths, massage, more protein and a good night’s sleep.

“If you get the recovery right, certainly when the games are Saturday-Tuesday-Saturday, then you are giving yourselves half a chance [to be successful].”