Crucial Hartlepool maintain their momentum

David Mirfin in action for Hartlepool United against Newport County. Picture by FRANK REID
David Mirfin in action for Hartlepool United against Newport County. Picture by FRANK REID

MOMENTUM is a big word in football and on-loan David Mirfin says it is “crucial” Hartlepool United maintain it for the run in, writes RICHARD MENNEAR.

The 29-year-old has been adamant since he joined Pools on deadline day back in January, that there is very little to separate the sides in Sky Bet League Two.

To have momentum at this stage is crucial

David Mirfin

And a recent five-match unbeaten run – including four straight wins and the draw away at Newport County – elevated a struggling Pools side stranded to the bottom, out of the drop zone.

Mirfin, on loan from Scunthorpe United until the end of the season, sees no reason why the positive run of form cannot continue.

Speaking ahead of today’s match against Southend United at Victoria Park (KO 3pm), Mirfin said confidence and consistency are key.

He told SportMail: “We are five games unbeaten now and that hasn’t really surprised me because ever since I arrived here I could see the ability of the players.

“There is nothing to separate the sides in this league but confidence is the biggest factor, along with consistency.

“We now have that and to have momentum at this stage is crucial.

“It gives us that confidence to know we can come to places like Newport, a tough place, and to actually leave disappointed we only managed a point.

“That match summed up the league because there is nothing in it ability wise.

“It is who wants it more.

“Southend are on a bit of a run and it is two teams fighting for different reasons.

“The momentum we have should favour us.”

A key reason behind the recent run of unbeaten games is the switch to a 3-5-2 formation, with Mirfin at the heart of the back three.

He is flanked by Scott Harrison and Dan Jones and he admits he has benefited from their ‘younger’ legs.

Mifin told SportMail: “It is nice to have the two younger lads either side of me, what with me getting a bit older!

“Franksy up top has to take a lot of the credit too because with his running, it pushes teams the other way and Nicky Featherstone has come in and impressed in the middle.

“3-5-2 suits us, it suits the players we have in the squad.

“We don’t panic when we have the ball now, and we are calm and composed and it gives us more time to regroup.

“Those are the reasons behind the upturn in form.”