AARON Tshibola is backing Hartlepool United to pull off their own ‘Great Escape’ and he is looking forward to playing his part.
Ronnie Moore’s Pools are cast adrift at the bottom of the Football League with the 1-0 defeat at Wycombe Wanderers leaving them 10 points from safety.
The situation is desperate but on-loan Reading midfielder Tshibola insists nothing is impossible.
The powerful 20-year-old is just starting out in his football career but he says the prospect of a relegation battle “doesn’t frighten” him and he says the belief is there that Pools can still survive this season.
“I have never been in a relegation battle before,” Tshibola told SportMail. “This is my first time but it is all part of the experience.
“I can gain a lot from my time here, it is all about being a man, showing some guts and going out there and giving 100 per cent every time you pull that shirt on.
“We are 10 points adrift but there are still a lot of games left. If we keep playing like we did against Wycombe then the chances will come and I am confident we will get a win sooner, rather than later.
“I am more than positive that we will grab a couple of goals and get that win.
“Wycombe themselves did it last season. Never say die.
“We are ready to do the great escape.”
Tshibola was Moore’s first signing since taking charge at Pools, arriving on a one-month loan deal from Championship side Reading on Friday.
He only had one training session with his new teammates before the match at Adams Park but he impressed in a central midfield position and snatched at a couple of attempts on goal.
The rough and tumble of League Two football is a world away from the Under-21 development matches that he is used to playing for the Royals.
But he insists he jumped at the opportunity to join Pools.
Tshibola added: “The Under-21 league is not a battle. This is a real battle.
“It is a fighting game, a men’s game every match.
“Under-21 is technical and you get more time on the ball but I had no second thoughts about coming to Hartlepool.
“It didn’t frighten me coming to a team bottom of the league.
“With the work ethic and spirit we showed against Wycombe I am confident we can do well and start climbing the table.
“We have some good players.
“The lads are young and I have fitted straight in – they are a great bunch,” said the Londoner.
Tshibola made his Pools debut against Gareth Ainsworth’s Wycombe, along with on-loan Mansfield Town striker Rakish Bingham, while Sunderland defender Scott Harrison was also straight back in after joining on loan from Sunderland for the rest of the season.
Moore is looking to further strengthen his squad ahead of the visit of Cheltenham Town to Victoria Park on Saturday but he admitted to SportMail they are likely to be loan signings.