FA Cup or League One, Hartlepool United must put on a show for the fans they have “let down” at Victoria Park in recent weeks, writes CRAIG HOPE.
That is the view of manager Mick Wadsworth as he prepares his side for the first-round visit of Stevenage.
Pools have now lost four on the bounce in their own back yard and the boss is mindful of crowd figures dropping off should that sorry run persist.
That is why he’s determined to put Pools name in the hat for Sunday’s second-round draw.
“It’s a game we need to win, and that doesn’t matter whether it’s the cup or the league,” Wadsworth told SportMail today.
“Our form at home has been very poor, particularly through October, and we have to turn that corner.
“Our away form, on the other hand, is as good as anyone else in the league.
“Why that is? I don’t know, but we need a win tomorrow because attendances will always be relative to our success at home.”
He went on: “Sometimes I say performance is more important than result, but on this occasion I think the result is more important.
“We need to show the fans that we’re not a poor team at home, that’s vital.
“I’ve never been one for excuses – we just haven’t played well and we’ve let the fans down.
“We need to put a show on for them more than anything.
“We need to get back to that feeling we had during the early part of the season.”
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