Dave Jones hails Hartlepool United fans ahead of home double

Hartlepool United boss Dave Jones in the dugout.  Picture: TOM BANKS

Hartlepool United boss Dave Jones in the dugout. Picture: TOM BANKS

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Hartlepool United boss Dave Jones has thanked the blue and white army for their backing and hopes for more people and noise when the side return home this week.

Pools face Crewe Alexandra on Tuesday night in a fixture crucial to the club’s survival hopes.

And they follow that up on Saturday with a tough contest with League Two promotion favourites Exeter who, ironically they defeated at St James Park earlier in the season.

The Pools owners this week announced a special buy one get one free ticket offer for supporters.

The club said that anyone buying a ticket for the home game with Crewe will gain free entry for the Grecians clash at the Northern Gas & Power Stadium.

Jones was delighted by the atmosphere inside the Vic for last Saturday’s home draw with Plymouth Argyle.

While Pools were pegged back by a stunning late Matty Kennedy equaliser, the fans gave the team a standing ovation at the end.

“These fans like to see everything – good play, goals,” said Jones.

“It’s not all about tackles, if they see commitment, and desire and see the players care then I think the fans will always stay with you.

“They saw commitment, desire, a team that wanted to win, were having a right go. If the fans see that then they will always get behind the side.

“If they don’t see it then they are entitled to have a moan.”

The buy-one-get-one-free offer is available right up to kick off on Tuesday at the Clarence Road ticket office, but the club urge fans to buy early.