Pools boss out for last day revenge at Plymouth

Pools boss Craig Hignett
Pools boss Craig Hignett

Pools’ players were “on holiday” the last time they travelled to Plymouth, says Craig Hignett.

The manager won’t accept the same poor attitude this time around, though.

On the last day of last season Hignett’s men were beaten 5-0 by the Pilgrims.

Reflecting back on that awful afternoon, the gaffer said: “At that time there was an end of season feel, one or two of them were on holiday.

“One or two chose to have a day off.

“Things have changed a lot since then, though.

“We’ve got a bigger squad, a better quality one. The football that we play is better, too.

“But we’re still finding our way a bit.

“I don’t think we’ve got as many points as I think we deserve.

“We should have won Saturday because we created enough chances in the game.

“We got a clean sheet and looked solid - we know we should have won it.

“That’s what we are hoping to put right on Saturday.”

Pools have enjoyed their trips to the South West so far this season, having come away with 2-1 wins Exeter and Yeovil.

And Hignett is hoping for the same again from the journey to Devon.

“Trips have been good down there,” he said.

“Exeter and Yeovil it was good to come away with a result because it can feel like you are stuck on a bus for about 10 hours getting there.”

On the opposition, who are sitting pretty at the top of the League Two standings, Hignett knows his players will have to be at the top of their game to get anything from the Home Park encounter.

“Plymouth are going well and are full of confidence,” he said.

“But we shouldn’t need any motivation to go there and do well.

“It will be tough - we are under no illusions. They don’t seem to have as much possession as other teams but we will have to be on our mettle. This league is tough. I’m confident we can beat anyone.”