Paul Murray says Hartlepool United have to stop the rot

Paul Murray passes the ball out to Pools left. Picture by FRANK REID
Paul Murray passes the ball out to Pools left. Picture by FRANK REID

PAUL Murray has called on his team-mates to “stop the rot” at Hartlepool United – saying they need to get back to being solid and doing “the dirty, nasty things” well again.

Pools suffered a third straight defeat at home to Wycombe Wanderers on Saturday to leave them 10th in League One, Mick Wadsworth’s men having occupied fourth as recently as three weeks ago.

Murray knows Wadsworth will keep faith with his current squad of players, rather than seek loan-deal additions and that is why the veteran midfielder believes it is up to them to address the problems which have undermined their impressive start to the season.

“It’s three defeats in a row and we’re all disappointed – we need to stop the rot,” he told SportMail today as Pools prepare for Saturday’s trip to Chesterfield.

“We were very poor last weekend at Notts County and again on Saturday, but we’ve got to try to get back to what we were doing.

“We weren’t really any great shakes on that unbeaten run, but we still ground out the results – that’s what we’ve got to do now.

“It’s not going to be a case of new players coming in here, there and everywhere – it’s us lot and we’ve got to stick together.

“We have to work for each other a bit more now, get back to being solid and start doing the dirty, nasty things again – getting those second balls, the tackles, and the headers, because that’s what we were about.”

Murray is always one of the first voices to sound at a time of trouble and the 35-year-old had his say in the dressing room after Saturday’s 3-1 defeat.

But attention quickly turned to the trip to Chesterfield when the team reconvened at Maiden Castle yesterday and Murray says it result-at-all-costs time this weekend.

“We’ve got a tough game on Saturday, but every game is tough when you’re on a bad run and this is the time for character,” he added.

“We know we’re going to have to put on a solid team display and get a result – a win at best and a draw at worst.

“Whatever it takes, we have to get that.”

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