Hartlepool United players must accept that we’ve not been good enough

Louis Laing heads in for Hartlepool United against Middlesbrough. Picture by FRANK REID
Louis Laing heads in for Hartlepool United against Middlesbrough. Picture by FRANK REID

Craig Harrison has challenged his Hartlepool United players to take a long, hard look at themselves after a winless start to National League life.

Pools have lost three of their opening five games in the fifth tier, with just two points picked up - at Macclesfield and at the Vic against Chester last week.

We have not been resilient enough this season

CRAIG HARRISON

And the manager says, so far, his players have failed to live up to expectations.

“Every player here has to realise that we have not been good enough,” said Harrison.

“I want every player and every member of staff to realise that. I think they do.

“We need to make sure we put the work in to change that around.”

The gaffer continued: “We need to be more street wise and tougher to score against. We need to be resilient.

“We have not been resilient enough this season.

“The lads are working hard but the mentality is not right.

“It has happened five games in a row now that we have fallen behind and we are chasing the game.

“This has to end. Right here, right now.”

Meanwhile, the club are continuing to assess an injury suffered by Louis Laing.

The player has been sent for a scan on an injured hamstring, suffered midway through the first half of Saturday’s Bromley loss.

The club still await the results, although it is expected he could miss a number of weeks with the problem, forcing Harrison to dip into the market for reinforcements.