James Poole confident Pools will bounce back from losing start to League Two season

James Poole in action against Southend United. Picture by FRANK REID
James Poole in action against Southend United. Picture by FRANK REID
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JAMES Poole insists that Hartlepool United will have more good days than bad under Colin Cooper and Craig Hignett.

Pools have lost their first three matches of the campaign and find themselves bottom of League Two.

But Poole, man of the match during Saturday’s 1-0 defeat to Southend United, believes that the side is heading in the right direction.

“The gaffer and Higgy have been brilliant and we can see what they’re trying to do,” said the 23-year-old.

“We know where they want to take the club.

“It’s not a quick fix - it’s a project.

“We will have disappointing days and Saturday was one of those.

“But where the gaffer wants to take us, we will have more good days than bad.”

Pools bossed for the majority against Phil Brown’s side but, having fallen behind in the fifth minute, failed to restore parity despite playing the entirety of the second half against 10 men.

And Poole went on: “The lads were frustrated, we did well in parts and created chances.

“But it was a similar story to the opening day at Rochdale, it’s what you do in both penalty areas which counts.

“If you get the basics right in this league then you’ll do well.

“On Saturday we let them score early and failed to score at the other end.

“We feel we should have got something out of the game.

“The game put a downer on the weekend but we can take something from it.

“If everyone can put an extra 10 per cent on their performance then that’s like having an extra man.

“I’m positive we’ll be okay.”

And, of his own performance, Poole reflected: “I thought I played well but it counts for nothing if we don’t win and I don’t score.

“I need to build on that now.”