Gary Liddle is determined to pick up his own form for Hartlepool United

Gary Liddle heads the ball upfield. Picture By FRANK REID
Gary Liddle heads the ball upfield. Picture By FRANK REID

GARY Liddle admits that his own form has suffered amid Hartlepool United’s losing run – but the influential midfielder is confident he can help spark a turnaround.

The 25-year-old is striving to rediscover the level of performance which was key to Pools’ early-season ascent up the League One table.

Three defeats on the bounce, however, has seen Mick Wadsworth’s men drop into the mid-division ranks and Liddle is determined to halt what is a worrying slide.

And the former Middlesbrough trainee concedes that his own form needs to pick up again over the coming weeks.

“We’ve got a couple of very winnable games coming up and it’s a chance to get back on track,” he said ahead of Saturday’s trip to Chesterfield and next Tuesday’s visit of Tranmere Rovers.

“It’s been a very tough couple of weeks for us, results and performance wise.

“We had a spell last season when a couple of bad results led to another couple of bad results and the season petered out a little bit. We need to make sure that doesn’t happen this time.

“I must admit, along with the rest of the team my performance has dropped.

“At Notts County, especially, we had 11 players who weren’t on top of their game.

“We all, myself included, need to pick it up again because if you’ve only got two or three players on their game you’re not going to win.”

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