Craig Harrison: Hartlepool United could get promoted with FEWER points than originally anticipated

Craig Harrison
Craig Harrison

Hartlepool United boss Craig Harrison believes it will take his side fewer points than originally anticipated to get promoted from the National League.

Harrison is a massive believer in statistical analysis, you only have to take one look around his office to see that.

Scouting reports, awash with stats and opinion, breakdowns of players and opposition, as well as his own players, plaster the walls and the many whiteboards situated in his little footballing den at Durham University.

No stone goes unturned. The smallest of percentages can make the biggest difference. It’s a mantra which emanates from the pokey office, out on to the Maiden Castle training pitches, and into the minds of his in-form Pools squad.

Harrison admits he had a detailed plan at the start of the season, which quickly had to be adjusted after a woeful opening month in the fifth tier, which contained the number of points Pools were likely to have to amass to get back to the Football League.

That, though, is, week-by-week, being adjusted by the boss.

Harrison now thinks it may take Pools less than he thought to get back where they belong automatically.

“I thought you would need two points a game to get yourself promoted,” he admitted.

“As things stand it looks like it is going to take any team around 1.7 or 1.8. As we are, we’re not a million miles away from that.

“What we need to do is keep our consistency and keep picking up points to stay in the race.

He added: “The last few days in training have been positive, the lads are in a good place and together. Non-stop fun and laughter, but they’re also working hard.”