Hartlepool United fans are Mag-nificent says captain ahead of big game

Pointing the way: Hartlepool United captain Carl Magnay. PIcture by: Mark Fletcher/ Shutter Press
Pointing the way: Hartlepool United captain Carl Magnay. PIcture by: Mark Fletcher/ Shutter Press

Hartlepool United will be going all out to close the gap between Pools and the play-off zone by clinching their fourth home win tonight against Tranmere Rovers.

Pools came oh so close to achieving it on Saturday, leading Sutton United 1-0 only for the away side to equalise nine minutes into stoppage time.

We didn’t get booed on Saturday, when we could have, and the fans were magnificent again

CARL MAGNAY

The Victoria Park faithful , while as stunned as the players, applauded the side at the final whistle, just as they had during the other dropped points during this cracking run that Craig Harrison’s team are on.

It would appear that Hartlepool are United, following on from those fraught early weeks of the club’s debut National League campaign.

Magnay, who is “proud” to lead Pools , thanked the fans for their backing.

“We ended up with a draw on Saturday when we could have done with all three points,” said the skipper. “We need to be winning, not drawing.

“We didn’t get booed on Saturday, when we could have, and the fans were magnificent again.”

He added: “When you are a Hartlepool United player and you get beaten at home in the National League, you should expect a bad reaction and boos.

“We share the same ambition as the fans, we want to be top of the table we want to get out of this league.

“What I think we’ve developed since Guiseley is a work-rate.

“It’s fantastic to know that the supporters recognise that.

“The fans are entitled to have a boo, I would expect it, but against Eastleigh the other week it was great to walk off the pitch seeing the fans sympathising with us that it hadn’t clicked for us that day.

“It was similar on Saturday after the Sutton game, which we came so close to seeing out.

“I want a relationship between players and fans and they were magnificent against Eastleigh and again against Sutton.

“We’ve been on a good run but because of the nature of the league there is no real visible evidence of that.

“That’s the frustration about Saturday, had we hung on we’d have been ninth, but I want the fans to know we share their ambitions.”