MICKY Barron admits that anxiety is beginning to creep into his players after a club-record eighth consecutive home defeat.
Colchester United became the latest League One outfit to take full advantage of the Victoria Park hoodoo as they scraped a 1-0 win on Saturday.
That was the fourth time in a row Pools have been beaten by that scoreline on home soil and they have failed to hit the back of the net from open play in more than 12 hours at the Vic.
It’s a sorry sequence which has shattered the confidence of the players and caretaker coach Barron concedes his men are feeling the pain of the wretched run.
“I’m sure there will be anxiety and a lack of confidence among them (the players),” he said, having handed professional debuts to teenage midfielders Jack Baldwin and Luke James in a bid to revitalise his side.
“I think the home run is going to have an affect and the longer it goes on the more it will play on their minds and they are probably anxious about it.
“We tried an inspirational video on Friday where we showed them goals and some fun bits in amongst it, just to give them a lift – but obviously that didn’t work.
“We brought in Jack from the start and Luke at half-time just to freshen things up as well and I must say I thought they were terrific.
“They are the definite positives we can take from the game and I’m delighted for both of them.”
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