End the errors and Hartlepool United are a match for anyone - Craig Harrison

Craig Harrison
Craig Harrison

If Hartlepool United cut out the defensive errors, they can give any National League side a game - that’s the view of Pools boss Craig Harrison.

His side travel to Barrow AFC’s Holker Street looking to end a torrid winless run which stretches back to November 21.

That awful sequence has seen the club slip from within two points of the play-offs and a potential route back into the Football League into a battle to secure their fifth their status, with the relegation zone just four points below them.

In spite of all of that, manager Harrison, the eternal optimist, thinks his side have got all the tools at their disposal to cause any team at this level problems, one condition - cut out the mistakes at the back.

“I think if we play like we did against Eastleigh we will give anyone a game, particularly the way we did in the first half,” said Harrison.

“To score three goals away and control the game for 55 minutes, will get you something most places. But we chucked it away with a half hour in the second half, before coming on strong again at the end.

“It just seems to be silly goals at poor times that are costing us. We are working on trying to stop that.

“And if we do, we have got a chance against absolutely anyone.”

Barrow might well be below Pools in the division, but Harrison knows they’ll prove to be as tough a task as any, given they are also fighting for their National League lives.

“They have had some decent form before getting beat off Torquay last week,” said the manager.

“It will be a tough game for us. But we know we can go there and get something. We are confident we can produce a performance.”