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Hartlepool United must win battles says John Hughes

GETTING STUCK IN: Ritchie Humphreys in action against Notts County. Picture by FRANK REID

GETTING STUCK IN: Ritchie Humphreys in action against Notts County. Picture by FRANK REID

JOHN Hughes wants Hartlepool United to disrespect opposition in a bid to beat the drop.

The Scot believes Pools have bowed down to too many teams this season, resulting in their position at the bottom of League One.

But there has been a new look to Pools in recent matches under Hughes and they have now won three of their last six.

They travel to promotion-chasing Swindon Town this weekend, and Hughes will again instruct his men to ignore the merits of their opponents.

“We said in a team meeting that the best team doesn’t always win and with a good nature and by being solid you can do that,” he told SportMail.

“You should respect no-one as a player, you have to be the boss and win the battle.

“If you respect too many people and give them too much time on the ball then you will be punished.

“You have to be a leader and win your own battles.

“That has been evident recently.

“There’s a real positive feeling about the place and back-to-back wins has lifted everyone.”

 

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