Hartlepool Utd aim to remain unbeaten at home starting with Oldham Athletic

Gary Liddle leaves his marker behind. Picture by FRANK REID
Gary Liddle leaves his marker behind. Picture by FRANK REID

GARY Liddle believes Hartlepool United can remain unbeaten at Victoria Park this season – but admits the “disaster” of their club-record home slump has destroyed their promotion hopes.

Pools enter into tonight’s home game with Oldham Athletic on the back of six without loss in their own back yard.

That run, however, has come too late to facilitate a late play-off push given the eight-match losing sequence which saw Pools plunge down the table as winter wore on.

Liddle, though, says that the team have re-aligned their targets heading into the final nine games of the campaign.

“The aim is to keep this run going at home,” he told SportMail today with Pools nine points off sixth in 11th position.

“There are only nine games to go now and if we can stay undefeated at home, as well as picking up a few points away, we will finish in a very respectable top half, top-10 position.

“That is progression from last year.

“We finished 16th last year and if we can improve on that then it gives us something to build on for next season.”

full story in Tuesday’s Mail