Hartlepool United have got the right character in their ranks to turn their torrid National League start around.
That’s the view of Pools attacking midfielder Nicky Deverdics.
Craig Harrison’s men are yet to win a game this season, picking up just two points from their opening five games of the campaign.
That run has seen Pools slide to 22nd in the fifth tier table, and has many fans concerned that despite a massive turnaround in players, new manager and new direction at the top, it is just business as usual at the Vic.
Deverdics has moved to allay those fan fears.
He says this Pools side is different to years gone by. The former Gretna, Barnet and Dover man is certain there is the quality and character in the Pools dressing-room to turn things around.
“I believe we have the character here,” said the 29-year-old.
“I can see the fans frustrations after last season and the start we have made this season.
“We are not stupid, we know they are upset.
“They need to know they are not the only ones who are hurting. The players are hurting just as much as they are.
“We hyped ourselves up in the summer and have not delivered yet. The fans hyped us up, too.
“But we do have faith that we will sort this out.
“It is five games in. Win the next two and things look very different.”
Meanwhile, AFC Fylde have completed the signing of midfielder Tom McCready ahead of their visit to Victoria Park.
Speaking to the Blackpool Gazette, 26-year-old McCready, formerly of Exeter City, admitted he cannot wait to make his debut at Pools this afternoon.
He said: “It has taken a while and I was disappointed to miss the start of the season but now I’m raring to go and I can’t wait to get involved.
“I have been training with the squad for a few weeks so I already know the lads and that should make it a seamless transition. I just want to get playing now and help out on the pitch.
“It league is competitive and I’m sure it will be a good challenge.
“The manager (Dave Challinor) didn’t need to sell the club to me, I already knew all about Fylde and where the club was going. It seems like a good fit. Hopefully it will be a beneficial move for both parties.”