Dave Challinor's clear message ahead of Hartlepool United friendlies at Gateshead and Blyth Spartans
Hartlepool United manager Dave Challinor has one thing on his mind going into Saturday’s pre-season friendly at Gateshead (3pm kick-off).
After losing 1-0 at Spennymoor Town on Tuesday night, the Pools boss was disappointed with his side's performance and wants to see a reaction in the upcoming friendly matches against the Heed and away at Blyth Spartans on Tuesday night (7pm kick-off).
It’s two weeks before the League Two season kicks-off and Pools still have plenty of work to do on and off the pitch in preparation for their Football League return.
While results in pre-season don’t have competitive consequences, Challinor wants his side to embed a winning mentality to take into the 2021-22 season. Whether it’s against eighth tier Runcorn Linnets or a Premier League outfit, his desire to win remains consistent.
"It’s not about who we play against, it's a process that we knew was going to be of the nature it is and it’s about winning games,” he said.
“I don’t care who they are against, whether we’re against a Premier League team or a team five divisions below us, it makes no difference to me, it’s about winning and doing what is required to win and continually trying to be better.
"No doubt, without question, we can’t get any worse than we were in the first 45, 60 minutes at Spennymoor, we can only get better.”
Tickets are still available for both upcoming friendly matches but they must be purchased in advance from the Gateshead FC and Blyth Spartans websites respectively.