Hartlepool United manager Dave Challinor on post match discussion with players following defeat to Wrexham

Hartlepool United manager Dave Challinor wants his players to instigate more conversations with one another following a third straight defeat in all competitions.

Thursday, 19th November 2020, 8:04 am

The 1-0 loss at home to Wrexham saw Pools drop to 11th in the National League table having picked up just two points in their last four matches.

Afterwards, the Pools players spent almost 40-minutes together in the dressing room to discuss the potential problems as a squad. And the Pools boss gave his take on how things went.

“We’ve had a chat about it and people have voiced their opinions, not enough in my opinion, but we have to do something about it,” he admitted.

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Hartlepool United FC 0-1 Wrexham FC National League. Victoria Park 17-11-2023. Henrich Ravas. Picture by FRANK REID

“It can’t be the same week in week out where are performances are good but the results are not what required. Conversations between players should be instigated by the players, it gets boring if I’m giving my opinion without getting something back.

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"Things happen out on the pitch which players might agree with, they might disagree with, there’s nothing wrong with falling out on the pitch, you’ve got to move on.

"If you disagree, pull them at the end and have a chat. If they’re saying something that’s right and you agree with them, the likelihood is that you’ll sit there, shut up and say nothing.

"I think there’s a frustration there but what that can’t become is an anxiety around ‘here we go again, we’ve missed another chance.’ You can’t perform well all the time.”

Challinor’s side will be hoping to pick up their first league win in six weeks when they visit bottom of the table and winless Yeovil Town this Saturday.

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