Hartlepool United’s lack of goals an ongoing concern admits Craig Harrison

Craig Harrison and assistant Paul Jenkins.
Craig Harrison and assistant Paul Jenkins.

Craig Harrison admits he is concerned that his Hartlepool United side are not scoring enough goals.

Pools have netted just two goals from open play in their first six games of the season ahead of today’s trip to lowly Guiseley.

And Harrison thinks that figure is just not up to scratch.

But he admits to having concerns at both ends of the field, with his side yet again gifting easy goals to the opposition in the shcok 2-0 home loss to AFC Fylde.

When asked whether he had concerns about his team’s goal tally, he said: “I agree, we have not been good enough.

“Are we too wrapped up in not conceding that first goal? I know we need to give ourselves a platform.

“If it is 1-0, 1-1, you can score to get points - just look at Manchester City, but we are never giving ourselves that chance.

“The facts are that the team who concedes the least amount of goals will win the championship 99.9% of the time. You keep the most clean sheets you will be right up there. But that is not neglecting the other side of the game. We are not scoring goals.

“It is a circle that we cannot break. We are not scoring and conceding goals at poor times. We are not giving ourselves a chance.”

Meanwhile, it is touch and go whether Harrison will have defender Scott Harrison available for this afternoon’s clash.
The centre-half was taken off moments before the break after suffering a knock on his foot at the weekend.

Manager Harrison has confirmed that he thinks his defender has taken a knock to his metatarsal, but was unsure whether the player would be fit to retain his place at the heart of the backline.

Should he be declared unfit, Harrison has a conundrum on his hands with Louis Laing out (hamstring), Carl Magnay doubtful (illness) and Liam Donnelly away with Northern Ireland Under-21s.

Harrison has ruled out a return for ‘retired’ Matthew Bates.