Hartlepool United spirit not broken says manager Paul Murray

ON THE RUN: Sidney Schmeltz against Southend United. Picture by FRANK REID
ON THE RUN: Sidney Schmeltz against Southend United. Picture by FRANK REID

SPIRITS remain high in the Hartlepool United camp despite going five matches without a league win, insists Paul Murray.

The sorry run of form sees Pools bottom of Sky Bet League Two as Murray continues the search to bring new faces into the squad.

After the FA Cup first round win over East Thurrock United, Murray said he was confident of adding three new signings before the trip to Essex to the trio already signed.

That didn’t materialise, with Nicky Featherstone, Sidney Schmeltz and Scott Fenwick the only additional reinforcements to arrive so far.

Saturday’s 1-0 defeat to Southend United again highlighted the need for more to be brought in quickly, attack minded players especially.

Murray told SportMail: “We are still working on deals and looking for players.

“We will have to wait and see.”

For the time being, Murray has to work with what he has got on the training ground at Maiden Castle.

But he is adamant the spirit around the camp is still positive despite the ongoing struggles on the pitch.

Murray said: “The players aren’t down – the spirit and workrate and effort was there, I just want more on the ball. Let’s have someone making it their day.

“We gave it away too often too cheaply and – I will clip them together on the video – but there was eight or nine tackles we went into and we didn’t really win them.

“Southend had some tough characters, it was always going to be a tough game.

“But I was disappointed second-half, not with the effort, but with the quality to receive the ball, move off the ball and do something on the ball.

“The ball wasn’t sticking, we have to address it and will be in training this next week,” added Murray.