Hartlepool boss relishing clash with leaders Dagenham

Craig Harrison
Craig Harrison

Craig Harrison is looking forward to seeing Hartlepool United lock horns with Dagenham & Redbridge on Saturday.

Pools tackle the National League leaders on the back of successive victories, results which have lifted the side out of the bottom four.

Having scored three goals in the first six games, Pools have now netted seven times and look considerably better.

But for all the poor football previously, Harrison says he was not panicking.

“It’s been a sticky start, but there’s never been a period when I’ve been worried,” he said.

“I’ve been frustrated that’s the biggest thing.

“It’s been the same with the players as well, frustration has been the word most used.

“I see on a daily basis what they have as men and players and they have been working their socks off and are very professional.”

While Pools have finally found their touch, Saturday’s visitors to Victoria Park have been excellent since day one.

The Daggersare unbeaten after four wins and four draws and are the division’s top scorers with 19 goals.

But Pools have restored some confidence with Saturday’s 3-1 victory over Maidstone though Harrison says it acnnot be a flash in the pan.

“This win was a small reward, a stepping stone,” he said. “Now we have to make sure we do that the week after and the week after ...”