Craig Harrison targets home improvement for Hartlepool United

Hartlepool United boss Craig Harrison.
Hartlepool United boss Craig Harrison.

Hartlepool United boss Craig Harrison has drawn a line in the sand for his Pools players after their 2-1 loss at Maidenhead.

Pools were comfortably beaten by the part-timers on Saturday, despite a late Padraig Amond penalty.

And Harrison says that although he is disappointed, tomorrow night’s home game against Chester is the perfect opportunity for his players to show what they are really made of.

“It’s about our standards and about what we do out there,” said the manager.

“Tuesday at home is a chance to put it right. We want to win, get that first win on the board. It’s another game to look for with a clear head and we go again.”

Formations are a massive talking point at the start of the National League campaign for Pools with Harrison having already used a number of different systems in the three games to date.

He admits it has been far from ideal.

When quizzed about his changes, he said: “In each game we have had to change the formation and that’s a frustration.

“We have gone behind in the first 30 minutes of each game and it doesn’t give you a base to work from whatever it may be.

“We are giving ourselves a hell of a lot of work to do when you go one-down.”

One of the only real positives to come from the loss at York Road was the performance of keeper Scott Loach, who has probably been one of Pools stand out men since the summer.

“Scott has made good saves in the second half when the game is stretched and we are chasing it and it’s left open,” said Harrison.

“He has made some good saves in the second-half.

“Maidenhead didn’t surprise me, we should be better. Maidenhead were just what Maidenhead were all about.”