Hartlepool Utd boss: We’re owed some luck

John Hughes
John Hughes

JOHN Hughes believes that “Lady Luck” will have a part to play in Hartlepool United’s bid for survival – admitting they are owed their share.

The Pools boss insists he can feel the tide of good fortune beginning to turn in his side’s favour.

Pools – League One’s bottom club – are now without a win in 18 matches and return to action after a two-week break when Stevenage come to Victoria Park this weekend.

Saturday’s match will mark Hughes’ fourth in charge of his new club, his previous three outings throwing up just one point.

That draw was gained at Walsall 10 days ago, since when Hughes has got down to work with his charges at Maiden Castle.

He has been encouraged by what he’s seen on the training field and believes that, with a slice of luck to boot, Pools can finally break their winless stretch this weekend.

“I’m always reluctant to use the word luck, but it’s evident to me that luck has been against us,” said Hughes.

“Take that Oldham game when we got beat 2-1 after playing well.

“Their first goal came from a passage when we were trying to play football, then we get Neil Austin sent off and even their winner was after Scott (Flinders) had saved a penalty.

“I was stood there that night thinking ‘wow, is this what’s happening at the moment?’”

Hughes went on: “Everybody says that football, over the year, evens itself out.

“So if we’re carrying all of our bad luck at this moment in time, there’s a real chance that if it turns and Lady Luck comes with us then we could go on a run and win game after game.

“It’s a strange game is football – something could just give us that wee spark and we could take off.

“First of all we have to make our own luck, though, and I think we went a little way to doing that at Walsall.”

Hughes will be hoping that a fortnight of positive work pays off when they take on seventh-placed Stevenage.

And the Scot, whose side are some 10 points from safety, continued: “The boys are suffering at the moment, there’s no doubt about that.

“They are a different animal on the training pitch – they’re passing it, they’re trying things, not scared to give it away.

“But on a Saturday it has been different.

“We have to change that mentality and I firmly believe that one win will do that.”