Hartlepool United have restored pride says boss John Hughes

GET IN: Jonathan Franks celebrates scoring Pools second goal against Scunthorpe United. Picture by FRANK REID
GET IN: Jonathan Franks celebrates scoring Pools second goal against Scunthorpe United. Picture by FRANK REID

JOHN Hughes believes his Hartlepool United players have restored “pride” in their football club.

Pools were backed by nearly 400 supporters at Scunthorpe United on Saturday as they made it six matches unbeaten courtesy of a 2-1 victory.

Hughes’ side have now amassed 14 points from the last 18 on offer and will be bidding to close February without defeat when Crewe Alexandra come to Victoria Park tomorrow night.

And the Scot says he is picking up positive vibes around the town.

“You can see the supporters are starting to believe and they have a bit of pride back in their club,” Hughes said.

“One guy said to me last week, ‘thanks for giving me my club back’, that meant so much to me.

“A football club is nothing without its supporters and they were a different class on Saturday.

“A lot of this is new to me but to see nearly 400 fans there was brilliant and we’re giving them belief.”

He went on: “There is a spring in everyone’s step around the football club.

“I know bits and pieces about the history of the club and I’m sure there’s been some hard times over the years.

“But hopefully there are good times ahead because when the club is doing well it’s great for the community.

“I’m delighted with this result and that’s us unbeaten in six, we’re giving ourselves a fighting chance.”

The weekend win was achieved thanks to pair of first-half goals from James Poole and Jonathan Franks.

The Iron did pull one back with 12 minutes left on the clock but Pools held out to move to within eight points of safety.

And, reflecting on the performances, Hughes said: “We played some really good football.”

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