Adam Jackson: Hartlepool United will be on a revenge mission at Oxford United

Adam Jackson
Adam Jackson

Adam Jackson says Hartlepool United will be on a revenge mission on Saturday when they visit Oxford United.

Pools come up against the U’s who are third in League Two and looking for the three points to stay in an automatic promotion place.

I’m hoping we can go there and show them what we are really made of

Adam Jackson

But Jackson told SportMail that they have good reason to upset the odds.

Pools produced one of their best footballing performances under Ronnie Moore against Oxford, Danny Hilton scoring the winner on the break 20 minutes from time.

“It would be nice to get one over them,” said the defender.

“I think we deserved to at least draw that game, possibly win it.

“We were really unlucky, they only won it in the last 10-15 minutes.

“I’m hoping we can go there and show them what we are really made of.”

Pools gave a decent account of themselves against another promotion-chaser in midweek, going down 2-1 to Accrington at Victoria Park.

“It’s good the games are coming thick and fast and we have a chance to bounce back on Saturday,” said the 21-year-old.

“We’ll be looking to get a result at Oxford.

“You want the challenge of playing against the good sides to see where you are as a player and as a team and this will be another challenge.”

While Pools pushed Stanley all the way, Jackson said there was a tinge of disappointment that they did not perform better.

“Obviously they are a good side and a tough game but we let ourselves down, in the first half especially by not getting tight enough,” he said.

“Good sides are not as good if you press them, but we let them play.

“We were disappointed with ourselves.”

Jackson was also unhappy not to get his third goal and first with his feet.

He stormed forward from the back, played a one-two with Rakish Bingham, before hitting a first-time shot from outside the box.

Sadly for the player, his shot did not match the run or ambition.

“I got a bit of a nosebleed,” he laughed. “Looking back I should have taken a touch and the hit it.

“But I shot first time to try to catch the keeper off-guard.

“I rushed it, should have showed more composure, hopefully next time I can get a better shot away.”