Hartlepool boss keen to move on from Aldershot loss

Jonathan Franks in action for Pools against Aldershot.
Jonathan Franks in action for Pools against Aldershot.

Hartlepool United must not dwell on a costly home defeat with another Victoria Park clash just over 24 hours away.

So says Craig Harrison as Pools prepare to play host to Halifax Town in a vital National League clash tomorrow night.

Harrison’s team missed the opportunity to go eighth in the table when they succumbed 2-0 to Aldershot on Saturday.

That defeat saw them slip two places to 14th so instead of being one place and one point outside the play-off positions the gap is now four points.

Harrison said: “It’s always disappointing to get beaten, but I’m pleased everyone is disappointed, everyone is genuinely gutted.

“I’ve been in plenty of dressing rooms where it’s been ‘ah well, we’ve lost let’s move on’.

“Yes, we need to move on, but we can’t just ignore that Saturday wasn’t good enough.

“We won’t drag it on into today – we have a game to prepare for.

“There’s an honest bunch of guys here, starting with myself and through to the players, and I’d be very surprised if anyone thought it was remotely good enough.

“The lads will run through a brick wall for each other and for the club and they will be the first to say when it’s not good enough.

“It was not for the want of trying,the lads gave everything, they always do, we prepared well, training had been good and it just didn’t happen.”

The squad were training at the Racecourse again today having been brought in yesterday for a warm-down and a review of the display against Aldershot.

Such things are not, he says, there as a finger pointing exercise but to learn from and improve upon.

“Everyone is emotionally charged, no-one more than me,” said the manager. “I’m a very emotional person.

“I can step over the mark emotionally, but now I have to take a step back, look at it and work out why we weren’t good enough.

“We need to work out how to make it better.

“We have to look at the game back again and analyse it with a clear head, without the emotion and pick out the points that we should have done better with and look at why we didn’t do it as well.”

He added: “It’s four points to the play-offs, so we are in a similar place to how we were before the game.

“It was three points to the top seven and eight points to the top, now it’s four and nine.

“The gap isn’t that big, we missed out but go again against Halifax and if we win then we’ll close that gap.

“It’s important We put this to one side and improve on it.

“We have been on a great run, everyone’s been happy to take the pats on the back and wax lyrical about each other.

“But we weren’t good enough, we have to accept it and put things right.”