a mystery, an enigma – a riddle.
That is Mick Wadsworth’s take on Hartlepool United’s run of five successive defeats at Victoria Park.
The Pools boss, however, is confident that his boys are ready to crack the code against Yeovil Town tomorrow afternoon (kick off 3pm).
Indeed, such is the fine line which separates perceived success and apparent failure, victory over the Glovers would make a return of 29 points the second highest at this stage of the campaign in the past 20 years.
Defeat, on the other hand, would equal an unwanted club record for consecutive losses at the Vic.
And, with Pools just two points outside the playoffs and boasting the second best away record in the division, Wadsworth admits he’s at something of a loss to explain the disastrous form in their own back yard.
“It’s a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma,” he said, with Tuesday’s visit of Preston North End to follow tomorrow’s game.
“I’ve never experienced such extremes in home and away form and we have to ask questions of ourselves.
“We look at everything – stats, teams, formations, players, opponents, everything.
“It’s been a puzzle and we are scratching our heads – and some people are jumping up and down.
“But we have to try to come to a positive conclusion and the home form is a big challenge.
“We’ve let our home fans down recently.
“Thankfully the away form has kept us in contention and that’s not easy because it’s hard to win away from home regularly, yet we seem to do it.
“It’s a big opportunity in the next two home games to say to the public, ‘yeah, we’re back on song and let’s make Victoria Park a difficult place for teams to come’.”
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