MICK Wadsworth admits there is a sense of relief at the immediacy of tonight’s home clash with Charlton Athletic (kick off 7.45pm).
Pools were thumped 4-1 at league leaders Brighton just three days ago, a result which leaves six points clear of the drop zone.
And Wadsworth says the last thing his side wanted was to stew over the lingering disappointment of that reverse.
“Of course we’re happy to have a game tonight rather than wait until Saturday,” he told SportMail.
“When you’ve been beaten you look for the first opportunity to put that right.
“It’s the first of three tough games but they’re games we want to play in, in front of our own fans.”
Pools’ last outing at The Vic yielded a first win in six as Antony Sweeney struck to dispose of Colchester United 10 days ago.
The 1-0 result followed a far from vintage Pools display, although Wadsworth would take a similarly dogged performance should it lead to another maximum return.
“We have to show the spirit we did against Colchester and I’m sure they will do that,” he said.
“Every point we get between now and the end of the season we’ll earn and we won’t have any easy victories.
“So if our standards drop we’ll make a mess of it – we really have to be at our best.
“But we need to get back to basics and everyone needs to give that little bit more.”
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