John Hughes wants change of culture at Hartlepool United

THE GAFFER: John Hughes on the sidelines against Tranmere Rovers. Picture by FRANK REID
THE GAFFER: John Hughes on the sidelines against Tranmere Rovers. Picture by FRANK REID
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JOHN Hughes wants to rid Hartlepool United of a “bad luck” culture which could see them relegated this evening.

Pools will be demoted to League Two should Lee Johnson’s Oldham Athletic win at home to Yeovil Town, the team managed by his father, Gary.

The Latics scored a 79th-minute winner at Bury on Saturday to maintain their five-point advantage over Pools.

And Hughes believes such late twists are indicative of the club’s misfortune since he arrived as manager in November.

“Oldham’s goal is just Hartlepool’s luck, that’s the way it’s been,” the Scot told SportMail.

“Some of the stuff I’ve seen since I came here I think ‘I can’t believe that’.

“We’ve been hitting posts and bars and conceded late goals.

“We need to change that bad luck culture and not have the acceptance.

“When you’re down the bottom that’s the way it goes sometimes, but I want to change that mentality.

“Why can’t we be the team who gets the luck?”

Rather than ill fate, however, it is likely to be Pools’ recent failure to score during eight successive matches which will be the cause behind their relegation.

And, should Oldham draw this evening, then Pools would still have to win their two remaining fixtures and reverse a 14-goal deficit in terms of goal difference.

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