Hartlepool back at work to prepare for league leaders’ visit

Connor Simpson celebrates his goal.
Connor Simpson celebrates his goal.

Saturday was brilliant – but the hard work starts again today.

That was the message today from manager Craig Harrison in the aftermath of the 3-1 triumph over Maidstone United.

Pools displayed a swagger at Victoria Park to add to the confidence, energy and sheer will to win in their first National League victory at Victoria Park.

Harrison was overjoyed with back-to-back wins but says the work starts today at the Racecourse training ground in Durham to make it three in a row this Saturday at home to leaders Dagenham & Redbridge.

“It’s been a stepping stone, we must now do it again on Saturday and then the week after and so on,” said Harrison.

“If we are going to sit and talk about getting where we want to get to then in six, seven weeks if we’ve performed like that then we might be a bit closer.

“Right now it’s a building block, that’s all. We start again today.

“The lads can be proud of their shift, of making it back-to- back wins, now we want three on the bounce.

“That will only happen by starting from zero again today and putting the work in.

“We don’t want to get ahead of ourselves, win five, six, seven then I’ll start to look more excited than I am now.”

Dominant Pools were three up through Keith Watson, Jonathan Franks and Connor Simpson before Johan ter Horst score a fine last-minute goal as consolation for the Stones.

“It’s important we don’t lose that grit and determination that has allowed us to win games, getting the first goal, the second goal, third goal,” said the 39-year-old. “We need to sure that doesn’t stop because we’ve had a good win and played well.

“We need to have that same work ethic every day.

“It was good but it’s gone now, we’re going to work extremely hard for Dagenham, when we’ll look to attack the game as we did against Maidstone.

“We have the core values that we must win our individual battles before winning the fight to play our stuff because we have the quality that can come to the forefront.”