Dave Challinor: Hartlepool United ‘will take risks’ in remaining National League matches

Dave Challinor wants Hartlepool United to keep taking risks despite a recent dip in form.

Pools have lost three of their last four matches in the National League going into Saturday’s season finale at home to Weymouth (12:30pm kick-off).

But they still sit fourth in the table and will host a play-off match at Victoria Park with their season on the line as they look to make a Football League return.

Rather than letting recent results deter him, Challinor is planning to continue with the approach that has yielded plenty of success for Pools so far this campaign.

Hartlepool United's Luke Armstrong celebrates after scoring their first goal during the Vanarama National League match between Hartlepool United and Barnet at Victoria Park, Hartlepool on Saturday 27th February 2021. (Credit: Mark Fletcher | MI News)

“All the work you’ve done throughout the season and previously gives you trust in the process to go and get results,” he said.

“What you know is those processes are going to be challenged in a different environment so what we don’t want to do is go away from what we’ve already done.

"Our players have shown that they can win games by playing how we want to play. We will take risks and play out from the back and look to play through people and beyond people when we can.

"We’re not going to all of a sudden change things just because it’s the play-offs and things are too risky.

"There is risk within what we do but it’s risk and reward and we’ve got to make sure we get the rewards from it by playing how we want to play because that is what has got us the success since the start of the season.”

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