Onside: Great escape a step closer for Pools

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“We are unbeatable, we are unbeatable.”

So sang the Town End after Hartlepool United netted the first, second and third goals against Crewe Alexandra on Tuesday night.

Loud and proud - and why not?

Unbeaten in seven games, three wins on the bounce, pride has finally been restored to the terraces at Victoria Park.

For too long this season, fans have left The Vic downtrodden and disheartened after another sorry defeat which saw Pools plummet to the foot of League One.

But after an unbeaten February, hope and confidence is now flowing through the team and John Hughes’ men have given themselves a great chance of survival.

As things stand there are 12 games left to play and Pools are second bottom, just six points adrift.

Not insurmountable by any stretch of the imagination.

The only problem being almost every other team around us have also decided to go on a run of form.

It seems sides have also realised that League One isn’t as strong as maybe we thought it was and that any team can beat each other on their day.

The only thing Pools can do is concentrate on their own form and if we keep up this run - which has seen Pools climb to the top of the form table - then the rest will look after itself.

If we are to go down, we are going down fighting and that will only stand us in good stead for next season.

If we stay up, the possibility of a statue of John Hughes being erected in the centre of town should surely become a reality for what a feat that would be.

You can see it now, Hollywood script writers queuing up to put pen to paper for the follow-up to the Great Escape starring Charlie Wyke, Jonathan Franks and Jack Baldwin in the leading roles.

After all, we are unbeatable.

by Richard Mennear