Harsh words end Hartlepool Utd’s ‘embarrassing’ run of poor form

Neil Austin
Neil Austin

NEIL Austin today revealed some “harsh” words were exchanged among the Hartlepool United squad in a bid to end what he admits was an “embarrassing” run of form.

The players were forced to sit through a DVD nasty of the recent defensive lapses which had seen Pools lose five of their previous six matches.

That prompted a frank exchange among the squad in which they pledged to turn around their flailing fortunes.

That in turn led to the pre-match huddle seen at Leyton Orient on Saturday and it was Austin who scored Pools’ goal in the 1-1 draw which signalled the end of that ruinous run.

And the vice-skipper (right) told SportMail today: “Micky Barron got us together before the game in a huddle and said a few things about everyone being in it together and it seemed to get the lads going.

“During the week we watched a DVD of some clips of goals conceded and bad defending – hopefully now we’ll watch a DVD of the good defending from Saturday.

“But the errors we watched were a bit embarrassing and I think a lot of the lads reacted well.

“There was a real resolve to end the run of bad results going into the weekend.

“We’d had a few meetings with the gaffer and a few harsh words were said, but there was a good response.

“There’s no backstabbing amongst the lads or anything like that – we are a tight unit.

“The resolve was there and the meetings we’ve had have worked.

“It’s up to the guys out there playing to do their bit and we’ve got some strong characters in the dressing room who won’t let this run continue.”

Full story in Tuesday’s Mail