CONFIDENT Matty Dolan says there is “no reason” why his Hartlepool United team mates can’t put a winning run together – starting with six points from the next two games, writes Richard Mennear.
The on-loan Middlesbrough midfielder says confidence is high after the 1-1 draw away to league leaders Chesterfield on Boxing Day and he is now looking to pick up two wins, away to Morecambe on Sunday and Bury at home on New Year’s Day.
The 20-year-old’s current loan deal runs out after the Bury game but as revealed yesterday, manager Colin Cooper is confident of having him and Boro defender Christian Burgess on loan until the end of the season.
Hartlepool-born Dolan said: “There is no reason why we can’t pick up six points from the next two games, I don’t think.
“There is a recovery day Saturday and the gaffer has been in the game long enough to know what to do so we are in good hands.
“We will go to Morecambe looking to get on a good run going into the January period.
“We want to get back on that winning streak of October’s form and we are confident we will get back to that, there is no worries from us.
“The league is so tight and if we can put a run together there is no doubt we will be up there and there is no reason why we can’t put a run together.
“If we can keep a full set of players fighting fit then we’ll
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be okay come the end of the season.”
Pools have drawn their last four Sky Bet League Two matches, going behind in the last three and Dolan isn’t sure what the slow starts are down to.
Dolan said: “It is nothing to do with any of the warm-ups or anything like that, it may just be the way it has fallen and obviously in the last couple of weeks we have gone a goal behind.
“I don’t think we have been beaten after going ahead so we just need to start the game quicker and we’ll be alright.
“It has set it up nicely for the rest of the Christmas period though.”
Dolan said the loan situation between Boro and Pools is out of his hands but added: “I love playing football and that is what I want to do.”
He has certainly been enjoying his loan spell with his hometown club and despite only being 20-years-old himself, he is helping Pools’ younger players get to grips with league football.
Dolan played alongside 17-year-old Brad Walker in the centre of midfield against Chesterfield and the on-loan Middlesbrough midfielder has praised his younger colleague.
Dolan added: “Brad has such a mature head on him.
“There are some things that I passed onto Brad but he is such a quality player that he will just pick it up and go from strength to strength.”