Pools youngster Josh Laurent has promised to keep his cool in the heat of battle against League Two leaders Plymouth.
The 21-year-old was involved in an uncharacteristic spat in the closing stages of last weekend’s 0-0 home draw with Mansfield.
And while he says he won’t change his combative matchday approach, he’s vowed to keep his head no matter what provocation.
He explained: “I was just trying to play football and then all of their team started to gang up on me. I had to hold my own didn’t I?
“Personally, I have always got my cool. No matter what happens I am never going to lash out at anyone.
“It’s football - I would never do anything to seriously endanger my team or myself.”
While Pools were unable to beat the Stags last week Laurent does believe there were enough positive signs in the clash to suggest his team are headed in the right direction.
“It’s all coming together for us now,” he said.
“It’s still early days - we’ll hit the ground running soon.
“I felt we all linked up well in the forward areas last week - Nathan Thomas at times was untouchable.”
He continued: “We’re doing all right away from home apart from Stevenage.
“Every game is difficult in this league but on our day we can beat anyone.
“I’ll back us against anyone, as well, we just have to get it right on the day.”