Hartlepool United players have duty to fans to perform against Brentford says Antony Sweeney

MIDFIELD MARVEL: Antony Sweeney in action against Tranmere Rovers. Picture by FRANK REID
MIDFIELD MARVEL: Antony Sweeney in action against Tranmere Rovers. Picture by FRANK REID

ANTONY Sweeney insists he and his team-mates have a duty to the people of Hartlepool over the course of the two remaining matches.

Pools – relegated from League One on Tuesday night following Oldham Athletic’s victory over Yeovil Town – take on Brentford at Victoria Park this evening (kick-off 5.20pm) in front of a live television audience.

They bring down the curtain on their disappointing campaign at Crawley Town next Saturday, and Sweeney says there is still pride at stake.

“To finish the season with two defeats would be awful,” he told SportMail.

“All of our focus is on these last two games now.

“They might be meaningless in terms of being able to stay up, but fans are still going to pay their money to come and watch.

“We’re still representing the town and we’ll be going out to win both games.”

He went on: “The fact (tonight) is on TV maybe makes it a little more important.

“We want to give a good impression.

“We want people to say ‘how have they been relegated?’.”

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