Hartlepool squad watch video nasty in bid to cure defensive howlers

Sam Collins confronts the linesman on the sidelines during the game against Wycombe Wanderers
Sam Collins confronts the linesman on the sidelines during the game against Wycombe Wanderers

The Hartlepool United squad have been treated to a video nasty at the training ground this week in a bid to cure defensive howlers.

Ronnie Moore and his assistant Sam Collins created a video reel of errors from the club’s five-game winless streak to show the squad at Maiden Castle following the 2-1 defeat at Wycombe Wanderers.

We have done a lot of video work and they were honest enough to see where we were coming from

Sam Collins

And Collins has been impressed with the response, as Pools look to get their season back on track at Exeter City on Saturday.

Collins - a former defender with 585 games under his belt - says hard work on the training pitch is the key and he has backed Pools to get back to winning ways.

Provided they can cut out the errors, with Moore heavily critical of his side’s defending at Adams Park.

“We got off to a good start, with three or four wins, and since then we have had a run of defeats which we are obviously not happy about,” Collins told SportMail.

“We want to improve on that and we have had a good reaction in training this week and done a lot of hard work.

“We showed them things from Saturday and the last couple of games where we feel we need to improve and we have a lot of work to do before Saturday to get that right.

“One thing we could never question though is them as a group of lads, they all want to work and are honest.

“We have done a lot of video work and they were honest enough to see where we were coming from.

“Quite a few had opinions of their own, the most important thing is putting it right and getting a good result at Exeter.”

Collins, who was named Moore’s assistant last December, believes the mistakes being made are “basic” errors - with Wycombe scoring from two long balls at Adams Park.

And while the assistant manager admits it can be frustrating watching from the dugout, he has been impressed with the squad’s attitude since.

“It can be frustrating watching on, seeing things you have experienced a lot in your career,” added Collins.

“You want to get in there and help but I can’t!

“It is my job now, along with the gaffer, to get our opinions across and tell them where we feel they are going wrong.

“When we do turn it around, we will be okay because we are always a threat going the other way.

“On our day we are more than capable of beating anyone in this league.

“It is a case of hard work because a lot of the mistakes are quite basic.

“Unless you do the basics in games then it doesn’t matter how well you do going the other way.

“If you are not well organised, and concentrating then we will never win games.

“We need to keep clean sheets but once we have put that right, we will be okay.”