We need miracle to stay up says Hartlepool United boss John Hughes

BATTLE ION THE BOX: Sam Collins in action against Oldham Athletic. Picture by FRANK REID
BATTLE ION THE BOX: Sam Collins in action against Oldham Athletic. Picture by FRANK REID
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JOHN Hughes has accused his Hartlepool United players of letting down the club – admitting they now need a “miracle” to avoid relegation to League Two.

Pools were beaten 3-0 at Oldham Athletic last night as the margin to safety was extended to seven points with just seven matches remaining.

The result saw the Latics climb clear of the drop zone and prompted Pools boss Hughes to deliver a stinging assessment of his side’s lacklustre performance.

“They let the club down and they let themselves down,” the Scot said.

“My biggest disappointment is that this was our cup final and we’ve played like it was a first-round tie.

“If you’re going to get beat then do it having a right go.

“I can only be honest in my assessment of the game – that was men against boys.

“Now we need a miracle to stay up.”

Oldham, under the care of new boss Lee Johnson for the first time, outfought and outplayed their visitors with first-half goals from Robbie Simpson and Jean-Yves M’Voto and a fine second-half strike from Jose Baxter sealing victory.

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