“Let’s stay unbeaten”.
That was the rallying cry from Pools boss Danny Wilson after watching his promotion-pushing side beat Mansfield Town 1-0 away thanks to Andy Monkhouse’s strike – the winger was on loan at the time before securing a permanent move. The date was January 1, 2007.
Pools were on an amazing run and the nine consecutive wins had lofted the club up to fifth in the league.
Goalscoring hero that day Monkhouse reckoned the run had propelled Pools into the position of being favourites for promotion that year and his prediction came true five months later with the club promoted to League One.
He struck with 15 minutes remaining to bundle home the rebound from Jon Daly’s saved penalty kick to re-write the record books.
As well as setting new standards for consecutive league wins and clean sheets, they also made it five away wins on the trot – equalling their past best.
Wilson told SportMail: “It just shows you what a bit of belief can do.
“The lads are buzzing right now and don’t feel like they are going to lose any game.
“They are putting their bodies on the line, not just at the back but right through the team, to keep this run going.
“Will that continue until the end of the season? I don’t know, but there is no reason why we can’t believe we can.”
He wasn’t far wrong, Pools went on to record a 23-match unbeaten run on their way to promotion that year.
Monkhouse, who was on loan from Swindon Town, added: “Full points over Christmas is unbelievable.
“I am sure nine games ago nobody would have thought we could get 27 points from 27 but that is what you have got to do if you want to be up there.”
Pools: Konstantopoulos, Barron, Clark, Liddle, Humphreys, Monkhouse (D. Williams), Boland, Sweeney, E. Williams (Daly), Brown, Duffy. Subs: Provett, Bullock, Foley.
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