Hartlepool United ‘more than capable’ of coming back and winning games says Craig Hignett

Hartlepool United boss Craig Hignett.
Hartlepool United boss Craig Hignett.

Craig Hignett will be looking for more of the same when Hartlepool United hit the road again tomorrow night.

Hignett takes his Pools side to Crewe as two of the nine unbeaten teams in the division collide at Gresty Road.

It’s great to get a first win and four points from two games is a good start


Pools go to their manager’s first club in good heart after clinching their first win of the season, a 2-1 success at Exeter City on Saturday.

Just as on the previous Saturday, against Colchester, Pools did it the hard way after trailing to a first-half goal from Liam McAlinden.

But two goals in just 82 seconds, from Michael Woods and Billy Paynter, turned the match on its head and produced three priceless points at St James’s Park.

“It’s great to get a first win and four points from two games is a good start, “ said Hignett. “It’s a tough one at Crewe, but we’ll look forward to it as we will every game.”

Hignett made a couple of changes at the interval after a disappointing first 45 minutes, and altered his system too, pairing Paynter with sub Padraig Amond up top.

“I’ve a squad here now I can chop and change and use to win games,” he said.

“It’s hard when you give teams something to cling onto, which is what we did against Colchester.

“We give ourselves little mountains to climb, but you could see we are more than capable of coming back and winning games.

“Going one down is not a problem for the team because we have the character to come back.”

“There wasn’t one player I was disappointed with in the second half.

“Every player played their part, every one of them.

“And we have enough quality on the bench to come on and improve the team.”

Amond will almost certainly start tomorrow night’s match which pitches ninth against sixth in the fledgling league standings.

It means Hignett will probably start with a 4-4-2, having reverted to his favoured 4-3-3 at Exeter, for the first half anyway.

But because 4-4-2 was not a success at ST James’s Park it does not follow that he will automatically go with that system tomorrow.

“Crewe is another game but I know we can do what we want with the team because I have players who are ready and available,” Hignett said.

“We’ve players who have done a lot of travelling and I’ve said I will use the squad.

“Let’s see how the lads are [today] and then I’ll decide.

“We started 4-3-3, but changed to 4-4-2.

“I like 4-3-3, but don’t mind changing to suit.

“I’m not a convert to 4-4-2 yet, but I will look at things game by game.

“The ten minutes before half-time I was looking and thinking I had to change it and change the flow of the game because of the way it was going.

“We didn’t start well, we were flat and maybe it was down to the travelling – we spent 10 hours on a coach on Friday.

“There was no desire I thought, no will to get forward and run ahead. Second-half we did it and were much better with it.”