JONATHAN Franks is looking to start the New Year with a win and to show Bury the real Hartlepool United
The Pools forward played in the previous Sky Bet League Two match between the two sides at the JD Stadium at the end of November, a disappointing game which saw the home side win 1-0 courtesy of former Pools’ striker Daniel Nardiello’s goal.
Franks admitted Colin Cooper’s men failed to get going that night against the Shakers and believes Bury brought Pools down to their level.
The 23-year-old former England youth international is calling on his team mates to get on the front foot on New Year’s Day and play the attractive, passing football that has become associated with Pools this campaign.
Franks, a former Middlesbrough player, said: “We feel that when we were at their place we didn’t really try to play football and they brought us down to their level, without any disrespect.
“Hopefully on Wednesday we can take the game to them and show them how we play.
“We have got to try and win every game, that is what you have to do.
“Of course, you can’t win every game but you have to at least try to.
“We see Wednesday as a good opportunity at home, with the crowd behind us on New Year’s Day and we want to send the fans home happy with three points.”
Pools are currently 13th in the league, six points off the play-off positions and while Franks admits the players always have one eye on the league table, he said they are also taking it a game at a time.
He added: “You look at the league and are always looking around you but we have to take one game at a time and the next step is Wednesday.”
Cooper has a selection headache to ponder over whether to bring experienced winger Andy Monkhouse back into the starting XI.
The 33-year-old’s one-match suspension saw Nialle Rodney make his first start in a blue and white shirt and he performed well on the left-wing.
Stockton-born Franks admitted Rodney’s performance has given Cooper something to think about ahead of naming the team for Bury tomorrow.
Franks added: “Monks has been brilliant the last couple of years I have been here, on and off the field.
“But the gaffer has a good headache now and has players to pick from.
“Nialle Rodney came in for his first start and did well and the gaffer knows he can rely on him if he needs to.
“The gaffer has decisions to make.”