MIDFIELD maestro Matty Dolan has urged his Hartlepool United teammates to dust themselves down and look to go on a new winning run as quickly as possible.
Dolan played the full 90 minutes at the heart of the Pools engine room in Saturday’s frustrating 1-0 defeat to Scunthorpe United at Glanford Park, which brought an end to the five-match winning streak.
The on-loan Middlesbrough midfielder was powerless to prevent the Iron securing all three points but he said the Pools camp cannot let themselves be too down and need to bounce back quick.
A 76th minute strike from Sam Winnall separated the two sides in what Dolan – who signed on for another month at Pools this week – described as a “scruffy game”.
The 20-year-old said: “The football wasn’t free flowing, it was more of a set-piece game and a bit of a scruffy game.
“But if we had got one, we could have maybe gone on to get two or three, like we have done.
“We pressed them, especially towards the end of the first half and then into the second and Monks hit the post.
“We started well. We just wanted to get that goal and push on from there but obviously they got the goal.
“We can’t slump into ourselves though and we have to take responsibility and get back on a winning run.”
Pools will look to bounce straight back when they take on Dagenham & Redbridge at Victoria Park in Sky Bet League Two this Saturday.
Dolan, who has played 11 games for Pools, added: “We were disappointed and obviously everybody wanted the run to keep going.
“But the gaffer gave us a good speech and got our tails up.
“He said ‘You’ve had a brilliant run but it is about how you bounce back’.
“We can’t wait until next Saturday and showcase what we have got again because we didn’t want the run to come to an end and it is a bit frustrating.
“The 1-0 defeat and not a great goal to concede but we can’t wait until Saturday and to get on that winning streak again.”
Despite the weekend defeat, Dolan said the team spirit remains high in the Pools camp and he was pleased to see his teammates putting their bodies on the line.
That spirit was evident in the dressing after the game when the players rallied round defender Christian Burgess, 22, also on-loan from neighbouring Middlesbrough, who was at fault for Scunthorpe’s goal after his mis-timed tackle allowed Winnall to take full advantage.
Dolan, who has been in fine form alongside Simon Walton in midfield, said: “Christian has been fantastic since I have been here.
“I played with him last year and to see him this year and the player he is developing into is brilliant.
“It is disappointing for him but the gaffer told him you learn from your mistakes and don’t get your head down.
“Everybody was in the dressing room rallying round him and no doubt he will be brilliant next weekend.”
– RICHARD MENNEAR