Hartlepool United video nasty? Not quite says Craig Harrison

Craig Harrison on the sidelines.
Craig Harrison on the sidelines.

Hartlepool United’s management AND squad will analyse their FA Cup exit ahead of what Craig Harrison hopes will be a bounce back at Boreham Wood.

Often you will have seen newspaper headlines screaming how players are made to sit through video nasties after a weekend defeat – or DVDs these days!

It’s just as good sometimes to put it out there to the group, so we can see ‘why have we done this?’

CRAIG HARRISON

But Harrison says a viewing of the 3-0 defeat at Morecambe will not be a backside-kicking exercise and more of a constructive look at where things went wrong and what can be done to resolve any issues.

“We will analyse it as a staff,” said Harrison. “Me, Paul [Jenkins] and Matty [Bates] will pick the bones out of it, then we’ll view it as a group.

“It’s just as good sometimes to put it out there to the group, so we can see ‘why have we done this?’, ‘why have we done that?’.

“We’ll look at why we’ve made decisions or not made decisions.

“We’ll review it and we go again.”

Pools will go again this Saturday when they travel to 10th-placed Boreham Wood in a crucial National League confrontation.

Naturally, Harrison will point out that all games are important and he would be correct, but the outcome at Meadow Park is pivotal as the season heads towards its midpoint.

Boreham Wood and Pools, in 12th, are locked on 27 points, just a point outside the play-off zone, with the following game also against a side on 27, Aldershot Town.

The decision to watch the match back and throw it open to all for feedback is a shrewd move by the manager.

Harrison has placed great store in the collective effort at the Vic, the win together, lose together mentality.

It’s served Pools well over the last couple of months with the strength of team spirit a feature of the improved run.

Harrison was happy with the attitude of his players at the Globe Arena who, like the incredible away following, kept going and going.

“I thought we were excellent and whether it was 1-0, 2-0 or 3-0 the players were giving their all,” he said.

“I thought we played some good football and created some half-decent opportunities.

“I think we did all right after the first 10 minutes and even better in the second half, it was just that bad start that did us.”