MATTY Dolan is convinced that Hartlepool United will soon embark on a winning run.
The 20-year-old and his team-mates slipped to a fourth defeat of the season against Wycombe Wanderers on Saturday to leave them second from bottom in League Two.
Pools, though, were 5-0 victors over Bradford City in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy on Tuesday night, and Dolan sees reason for optimism.
“The most frustrating thing is that I know we’ve got it in us,” he told SportMail.
“If we keep doing the right things and get that first win then I think we could fly – we could get six or seven wins on the spin.
“I’ve been in that environment where we’ve won seven or eight on the bounce and I feel like it is coming here.
“If we weren’t creating chances then it would be worse.
“Everyone just wants that next game now.
“Everyone in training has been sharp and everything has felt right.
“We just need to bring it all together on a Saturday.
“That first win will give us the confidence to go on.”
Dolan concedes that it was his stray pass which led to Wycombe’s second-half opener but he was frustrated that Pools failed to build on their early promise.
“I just forced the pass and maybe that was a bit naïve, I’ll hold my hand up for that,” he said.
“The pass was short.
“The ball has obviously travelled a long way from there but I’ve got to take first ownership, you’ve got to keep hold of the ball.”
He went on: “It was very flat when we came in on full-time, especially with the first half being as positive as it was.
“The gaffer told us to repeat what we’d done in the first half.
“But we allowed them to slow the game down and it was frustrating for everyone when we came in.”
Pools were denied what looked like a first-half breakthrough when Christian Burgess’ header was hacked from the goalmouth.
And Dolan reflected: “I don’t know how the referee didn’t see it.
“The only person who didn’t think it was over the line was the lad who cleared it, even their players were looking around waiting for the ball to be sent back to the halfway line.
“The referee has cost us a goal.
“That would have changed the atmosphere and we could have gone on to get four or five.”