HELPING save Hartlepool United from relegation is the “toughest challenge” of Marvin Morgan’s career.
But the experienced frontman believes it is achievable and shouldn’t be labelled a Great Escape.
The 31-year-old striker signed for Pools on loan from Plymouth Argyle until the end of the season on deadline day and netted the winner against Northampton Town on his home debut.
His 51st minute strike helped close the gap between Pools and third bottom to just six points, with 16 games of the Sky Bet League Two campaign left.
Morgan has achieved success in football at Aldershot Town and Shrewsbury but insists keeping Pools up is the hardest task of his career to date.
“This is my toughest challenge in football,” Morgan told SportMail.
“I have had some good times in football, joining Aldershot who got promoted into League Two and staying up.
“The second season we reached the play-offs, third season wasn’t as good a season and we consolidated but then I went to Shrewsbury and got promoted in the first season.
“It was tough in League One but we stayed in the league and then I moved to Plymouth, where I had injury problems and didn’t play as much as I’d have liked.
“This is a hard challenge at Hartlepool, no question.
“Everyone is calling it the Great Escape but it is achievable – it is only six points.
“If we can keep the group solid and other results go our way then we can get points off other teams.
“It is a good squad here, it is quite young but with the signings have come experienced players.
“With football it only takes a couple of wins and other teams get dragged in to trouble.
“There are already five or six teams involved, which is a good scenario for this club.”
Morgan turned down several other clubs from the Conference, League Two and Scottish Premiership to team up with Ronnie Moore at Pools and he repaid that faith with the winner over Northampton at a bouncing Victoria Park.
With three home wins on the bounce, Morgan is hoping the team take that momentum into the next home match with Stevenage on Saturday.
“The win over Northampton will do us the world of good,” said the Manchester-born hitman.
“Even if we get a draw at the weekend, it will mean we are still creeping up.
“Everyone should be feeling confident - not too confident because you can become complacent - but hopefully we can go into the game and get another result.”
And Morgan knows all too well how quickly the league table can turnaround.
He added: “I remember when I was at Aldershot and we were nowhere near the play-offs so I booked a holiday to go to Egypt with the missus.
“We then went on an unbeaten run of 10 games, winning seven and we were solidly in the play-offs.
“I had to cancel the holiday – it cost me £500!
“The missus wasn’t happy either, that tells you how quickly the league can change.
“It is a crazy league,” added Morgan, whose partner lives in Whitley Bay and was keen to move to the North-East for family reasons.