ONSIDE: Postponement no bad thing for Hartlepool United

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POSTPONEMENTS frustrate the life out of fans and players alike.

But the decision to call-off Hartlepool United’s game away to Oldham Athletic on Tuesday is no bad thing for John Hughes’ side.

Pools have been on an impressive run of form in recent weeks which has seen them climb to within six points of safety with nine games left to play.

While the club’s League One status is still very much in the balance a mid-week break from playing won’t do the players any harm.

Hughes has fielded pretty much the same starting 11 for several weeks, which has seen games almost every Saturday and Tuesday.

As a result, the players looked shattered against Yeovil Town on Saturday and the heavy pitch – due to the heavy rain - won’t have helped matters either.

So a break from playing, for a few days at least, will do the players the world of good and hopefully reignite our bid for survival.

It also means relegation rivals Oldham, who currently have two games in hand, due to their FA Cup heroics, will have another fixture to contend with.

Us Poolies just hope former fans favourite Paul Murray doesn’t pop up with the winner for his new team when the game is finally played next week.

Back to matters on the pitch and the point against Yeovil was a hard-earned but deserved one.

Before Christmas, Pools fans would have rejoiced after securing a point against a team vying for promotion so it shows how far Pools have come in recent weeks.

The real disappointment though was the 0-0 draw with fellow relegation rivals Colchester United the previous Tuesday.

As players, fans and management know, if the “great escape” is to become a reality then we need to beat those around us.

Still, with the exception of Doncaster Rovers away, Pools have been steadily picking up points. The fear is we run out of games.

If we are relegated then it won’t be because of what happens between now and the end of April.

The damage was done before Christmas, a miserable period which saw the side go 22 games without a win.

But while there is that ray of hope then fans still believe their side can achieve what looked like the impossible.