Hartlepool United manager Dave Challinor looking to end two very different streaks and extend another at Barnet

Hartlepool United travel to face a Barnet side who haven’t lost in over two months this Saturday as they look to end their seven game winless run away from Victoria Park.

Friday, 31st January 2020, 4:45 pm

Pools’ only National League away win under Dave Challinor was the impressive 5-1 triumph at Chesterfield back in November.

You'd have to go back even further to find the last time Barnet lost as they go into Saturday’s match looking to extend their 10 game unbeaten streak.

Challinor’s side are on something of a run themselves having picked up eight points from their last four matches.

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Hartlepool United manager Dave Challinor during the Vanarama National League match between Yeovil Town and Hartlepool United at Huish Park, Yeovil on Saturday 18th January 2020. (Credit: Paul Paxford | MI News & Sport)

“It’s an important game, Barnet are a team in and around us on a really good run,” said the Hartlepool manager.

“They’re a good side with good players but they’re by no means unbeatable.

“It’s a tough place to go and the pitch will be difficult and won’t help either side because I know how Darren [Currie] likes to set his teams up. They like to play and the pitch might hinder that.

“We have to recognise what their strengths are which we do with every team but also look after ourselves and realise what we do well.

“Even though it’s a tough game, we look at what we’ve done over the past few weeks and take confidence from this little run we’ve been on and hopefully continue it.”

On his side’s away form, Challinor added: “I don’t really know what it’s down to because our performances haven’t been overly different.

“We’ve conceded poor goals and if you look back at the away performances we’ve had, we’ve played well for large spells before shooting ourselves in the foot.

“We’ve created opportunities and scored goals but we haven’t kept enough clean sheets and having to score three goals to win a game is always going to be difficult.

“Keeping a clean sheet on Saturday was a big positive but I don’t think being home or away really impacts us in terms of the way we play and our objectives with what we want to do. Hopefully we can rule out that winless stat and get over it on Saturday.”