Hartlepool United must put lid on high-flying Aldershot Town

Pools boss Craig Harrison.
Pools boss Craig Harrison.

Hartlepool United boss Craig Harrison is braced for a tough test when promotion rivals Aldershot Town come to Victoria Park (kick-off 3pm).

The Shots are where Pools would like to be – in the National League’s play-off zone.

It’s up to us to stop them getting into a rhythm and start passing the ball about

CRAIG HARRISON

Gary Waddock’s team are seventh in the table, just two points above Pools, and tomorrow’s match looks too tight to call.

The Pools home record and the away stats of Aldershot are identical – Pools have won three, drawn three and lost three, and have a zero goal difference.

Town’s away record is the same and Harrison is expecting a tough examination.

“Aldershot are a good footballing side, they try to play from the back,” said the 40-year-old.

“They are adamant they will play from the back.

“We need to nullify that and it’s up to us to stop them getting into a rhythm and start passing the ball about.

“We can’t allow them to do that and we have to be compact and stop them playing.

“We have to be high up the pitch and take the game to them, certainly the first 20 to 25 minutes.”

Harrison expects the Shots to come to play rather than park the proverbial bus.

“The last team to come to the Vic and have a go were probably Dagenham & Redbridge,” said the manager, who will have another home game to target next Tuesday against Halifax Town .

“It was a good toe-to-toe game and there was a lot of good football played, with both teams having chances.

“Aldershot will look to play, but the main focus for me, has to be us, and getting three points, it’s important we do pick up wins in the next two games.”