Ged McNamee reveals the training ground tweak which helped Hartlepool United get back to winning ways

Ged McNamee (left).
Ged McNamee (left).

Ged McNamee has revealed the training ground tweak which helped Pools get back to winning ways.

Speaking after Hartlepool’s 2-0 win over Boreham Wood - their first victory on home turf since August - the assistant boss admits it was a conscious decision to abandon their usual slick, passing style through the midfield at the Super 6 Stadium and opt for a much more direct approach.

Matthew Bates, Hartlepool manager.

Matthew Bates, Hartlepool manager.

He said: “It was a perfect day, a tough game.

“They make it hard for you – physical and direct and play on the second ball. We were aware of that and we have to match it, and we did that.

“We played a bit less, got he ball forward earlier and came away with a result.

“We have sort of proved to everyone we can win and keep a clean sheet at home. That was a big result for us.”

The expectation of producing an entertaining game is not lost on McNamee at home, but he says sometimes pragmatism is the only approach to make sure the three points are secured, whether that be at the Vic, or elsewhere.

“They started better than us, but without creating a lot apart from hitting the bar,” said the Pools assistant.

“We had our own chances first-half and the main thing was to say in the same and match their physicality.

“From my point of view I was pleased with that.

“Fans want to see us winning, that’s the be all and end all.

“At home we have played really well at times, knocking the ball round and ended up frustrated in drawing games. This time was different, with a different approach.”