Hartlepool United getting ahead makes all the difference says Craig Harrison

Devante Rodney is denied by Guiseley skipper Joe Green.  Picture by FRANK REID
Devante Rodney is denied by Guiseley skipper Joe Green. Picture by FRANK REID

Craig Harrison insists the ability to build a winning platform cannot be overstated at Hartlepool United.

Pools collected their first win of the National League programme on Monday, when they beat Guiseley 1-0.

Harrison said it was no coincidence that the victory came from the first occasion Pools have taken the lead this season – and the first time they have got to half-time with their goal intact.

After an ineffective first 45 minutes, Pools scored the winner early in the second period through Jonathan Franks, shortly after Devante Rodney had gone close.

“You can see the difference not going behind makes by the way we started the second half,” Harrison said. “We had a chance straight away, scored and then had another opportunity.

“It’s great we gave ourselves that foundation.

“We are perceived that as the biggest team in the league that we’ll steam-roller teams.

“But that’s not football, it’s about having a foundation and then that gives you the platform to go on and win.

“That’s what we did on Monday and that’s what we’ll look to do every week.”

It was a significant improvement for Pools, given they had no shots on target in the woeful defeat by Fylde on Saturday, their second successive 2-0 defeat.

Franks finished well for his first goal since rejoining the club. “It was great composure, he’s tucked it away nicely,” said Harrison.