Hartlepool United look to beat best League One team John Hughes has seen

HARTLEPOOL United must beat the best team John Hughes has seen in League One if they are to stay on course for the ‘great escape’.

The first-team coach watched Coventry City rip Pools to pieces on his first Saturday in the job.

Coventry won 5-0 that depressing November afternoon at Victoria Park and 19 games on, Hughes insists he has not seen a superior side.

But Hughes says he and Pools will relish the challenge of keeping the club’s good run going.

Pools have lost only once in their last 10 matches and they are desperate to now make it just one loss in 11 when they visit the Ricoh Arena tomorrow (kick-off 3pm).

“They are the best team we’ve played,” said Hughes. ”I was really impressed with them.

“Bournemouth were possibly a better footballing side but Coventry are a right good team.

“That day we played them at the Vic, they were ruthless.

“It’s going to be very difficult.

“They still have aspirations to go and make the play-offs.

“And if they don’t do that this time I think they will be going for automatic promotion next season.

“They have one or two real good footballers.

“I saw their skipper Carl Baker’s free-kick the other night against Colchester and he’s a fantastic player on the right.

“Gary McSheffrey is a very good footballer and Steve Jennings, who sits in midfield, plays the holding role very well.

“It’s going to be a hard task but if we are to be successful and stay in this league then we are going to have to go there and pick up three points.”

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