MIDFIELD maestro Simon Walton believes the strong team spirit among his Hartlepool United team mates will help ensure they won’t settle for mid-table mediocrity.
Walton, who played the full 90 minutes in the 1-1 draw with Hull City at the weekend, says he doesn’t know any team that has been successful without a good team spirit.
But luckily for Pools, the 24-year-old says his new team mates have that in abundance, helped by the pre-season tour of Holland.
Walton, a summer signing from League Two side Plymouth Argyle, said: “I don’t know many teams that have been successful without a good team spirit.
“It wins you games or stops you losing games at times and it is definitely a massive part.
“To be successful, which we all want to be, you have to have a good spirit and got to want to do it for each other and from what I have seen in the games I have played that is certainly the case so far.”
Manager Neale Cooper played a big part in capturing the signing of Walton and the pair of them say will not settle for second best.
Walton added: “I said from day one when I came that I didn’t want, and part of why I came here is the gaffer doesn’t want to settle for mid-table mediocrity.
“That is not what I’m about and from the impression I have been given so far, it is not what the rest of the lad and the staff are about.
“We are quietly confident and we have done more than enough in pre-season to give us that confidence going in.
“But no points have been won yet.
“We need to make sure that come the start of the important stuff we are ready and raring to go and have the same attitude and application that we have had so far.”
Preparations will continue against Newcastle United tonight, a game the popular midfielder is looking forward to.
Walton said: “It is a big game and will probably be our biggest test.
“It is another one that we have to use to our advantage for when the actual season kicks in.
“We have to use it to our needs and get what we need from it and hit the ground running.”
lHartlepool United v Newcastle United kicks off tonight at 7.30pm.
Pools fans will once again be located in the Hartlepool College of FE Stand and the Cyril Knowles Stand for this fixture.
Cyril Knowles Stand
Cash turnstiles will be in operation and fans can use gates 3, 4, 5 and 6 on the Clarence Road side of the stadium.
Hartlepool College of FE Stand
Cash turnstiles will be in operation and fans can use gates 7, 8, 9 and 10 on the Clarence Road side of the stadium.
There will be no access to the Hartlepool College of FE Stand from the Mill House side of the ground; all home fans will gain entry from Clarence Road.
Newcastle United Fans
Newcastle United supporters will be located in the Niramax Terrace and the Niramax Stand, which has a capacity of just under 3,500. Cash turnstiles will be in operation.
If required, the Club can also open the Smith & Graham Stand behind the goal, which would open up and extra 1,000 seats to visiting supporters.
For Newcastle fans who would prefer to sit for the game, the Niramax Stand is accessible via turnstiles 3, 4, 5 and 6 on the Mill House side of the stadium.
For those who would like to stand on our Niramax Terrace, entry to the ground will be via turnstiles 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11 on the Mill House side of the stadium.
PricesAdults - £10Over 60s / Under 16s - £5There are no Student concessions for this fixture.