Hartlepool United must carry on at Ebbsfleet where they left off at home

Liam Donnelly
Liam Donnelly

Liam Donnelly says Hartlepool United must carry on at Ebbsfleet where they left off against Halifax Town.

The versatile defender scored the second of four home goals as Pools outclassed the Shaymen on Tuesday night.

We’ve set the standard on Tuesday night – that’s probably been our best performance yet

LIAM DONNELLY

Donnelly showed great calmness from the spot as he converted a seventh-minute penalty for his first goal since joining Pools in summer 2016.

It was a great night for Pools and their fans following the terrible display against Aldershot last Saturday, the team climbing from 14th to 11th and just two points outside a sought-after top seven spot.

“We need to keep our run going,” said Donnelly. “Hopefully we’ll get another three points.

“It’s good to get up the table but we need to be higher still.

“If we are to get in the play-off positions, we need to keep pushing.

“Consistency is massive. We’ve set the standard on Tuesday night – that’s probably been our best performance yet.

“We need to keep that going on Saturday and then through the rest of the season.”

Tuesday night’s romp followed a heart to heart between the squad after the lifeless display against the Shot, with Donnelly saying the spirit in the dressing room remains strong.

“We have a good group of lads, everyone gets on with each other,” said the Northern Ireland U21 skipper.

“We did speak after the game and there were a few things said that needed saying.

“But you come in the next day and you’re mates and you get on with it.

“It’s good we can do this amongst ourselves and we’re not waiting for the manager staff to come in and tell us.

“We all knew Saturday wasn’t good enough.

“There are a few big characters is the dressing room and if someone needs telling then it is and it’s accepted.”

Pools have an excellent record on the road of four wins and four draws with only two defeats.