Hartlepool United manager Dave Challinor not concerned following back to back National League defeats against Bromley and Maidenhead United

Hartlepool United’s form has stuttered going into the crucial final weeks of the 2020-21 campaign but manager Dave Challinor isn’t concerned.

Monday, 10th May 2021, 4:45 pm

After putting together a 16 match unbeaten run in the National League, Pools have now lost back to back matches for the first time since early December following Saturday’s 4-2 defeat to Maidenhead United at Victoria Park.

And with just three matches remaining ahead of the play-offs, Hartlepool risk losing momentum at an important stage as they look to make a return to the Football League.

But the alarm bells aren’t ringing just yet for Challinor, who has backed his side to right to wrongs of the past two defeats.

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Hartlepool manager, Dave Challinor   during the Vanarama National League match between Hartlepool United and Maidenhead United at Victoria Park, Hartlepool on Saturday 8th May 2021. (Credit: Mark Fletcher | MI News)
Hartlepool manager, Dave Challinor during the Vanarama National League match between Hartlepool United and Maidenhead United at Victoria Park, Hartlepool on Saturday 8th May 2021. (Credit: Mark Fletcher | MI News)

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“It’s not a concern,” said the Pools boss. “It would worry me if it was a really poor performance from everyone.

"There have been individual mistakes that have cost us goals. What you’ve got to do is make sure you don’t make those mistakes again and if you do then they’re not in areas that end up with the ball going in the net.

"Those can be eradicated. If we’d been in a situation where we’d conceded four goals from corners then I’d look at it but every single one of those goals is preventable.

"Next week, you can go a long way to guaranteeing that they won’t make those mistakes again because they are completely out of character and haven’t happened since the Torquay game back at the start of the season.

"The odds would tell you they won’t happen again. After that, if you’re not more switched on to make sure they don’t happen then there’s something wrong with you.”

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