Hartlepool Utd need to get out of trouble starting with Doncaster Rovers

Peter Hartley and Paul Murray argue at the end of the game against Crewe. Picture by FRANK REID
Peter Hartley and Paul Murray argue at the end of the game against Crewe. Picture by FRANK REID

“WE got ourselves into this, we’ll get us out of it”.

That was the steadfast sounding of anchorman Paul Murray today as he assessed Pools’ perilous position in the League One drop zone.

The midfielder refuses to shift blame to any quarter other than the players, and that is why he believes it is time for every one of them to “look themselves in the mirror”.

Murray and co take on Doncaster Rovers at Victoria Park tomorrow four points adrift of safety and just one place from the foot of the table.

And the straight-talking 36-year-old insists there is just one remedy to the current plight.

“Football is like life itself – the only way you get out of bad times is by working hard,” he told SportMail.

“If you can go home at night and look in the mirror and say ‘yeah, I’ve done my bit’, then that’s all you can do.

“If we do that then I’m confident things will turn around.

“This is it, it’s us now, there’s no-one else coming in.

“We got ourselves into this, it’s up to us, as players, to get ourselves out of it.”

Manager Neale Cooper has, on more than one occasion, questioned the desire of his men, something which could never be levelled at Murray.

Indeed, the Cumbrian likened the lingering hurt of losing to that of the after-effects of a heavy drinking session.

“No-one wants a relegation fight on their hands all season,” he said.

“It’s awful when you go through that all season.

“You have to put it in for your sanity and get out of it.

“I said to the gaffer on Monday, ‘it’s like you’ve got a hangover and you’ve been out on the drink all weekend’.

“You’re sat there and you don’t want to do anything, you don’t want to talk to anyone, but it’s hard when you’ve got kids, you’ve got to get on with it.

“But I hope every player is like that, it’s got to hurt.”

Pools are eight without victory and have just one win to their name all season.

Murray, though, believes that run cannot persist.

“It’s not been good enough, simple as that, we can’t shy away from it,” he went on.

“We’re having our poor run now.

“We have to hope when we do get that win then the bad run is behind us.

“We want to get out of this for the gaffer.

“When we win we have to kick on, get a couple of wins and all of a sudden the picture looks very differently.”