Scott Harrison pleased with Hartlepool’s defensive displays

Scott Harrison
Scott Harrison

Hartlepool United conceded their first goal of the season at the weekend but defender Scott Harrison says Pools are desperate to keep things clean again.

Pools host Newport County at Victoria Park looking to make it three league wins on the spin and four in all competitions (kick-off 7.45pm).

At present, Pools are getting it right at both ends of the park – their three matches have produced five goals and just one conceded, a scruffy affair at York on Saturday.

“Obviously, being a defender, keeping a clean sheet is the most important thing,” said the centre-half.

“If you don’t concede you are not going to lose.

“And with the way our forwards are performing, we’re capable of getting goals every game.

“We’re aiming for clean sheets and we’re making chances. We’re defending better than last season and we’re creating.”

That outlet up front of Billy Paynter, Rakish Bingham and Scott Fenwick is some unit.

Since the departure of Luke James, Pools have not always known where their next goal is coming from.

But the strikers can all score and their all-round game makes Pools such a threat going forward.

“Our frontline is very good and they provide options,” Harrison told SportMail.

“Scott can hold the ball up and win his headers, Billy can do that and bring people into play and Rakish makes so many clever runs.

“When we’re playing the ball up, we can go in the air, to chest or try go in behind the defence.

“There is always a good chance we’ll keep possession, it’s not a case of putting the ball up there and fear it will just come straight back.”

Harrison said Pools have just one thing on their mind at the moment –winning.

It’s a far cry from last season’s trials and tribulations and Pools are approaching the League Two match with Newport County with confidence.

“We’re looking for the same [tonight] as the first three games, everyone working hard and everyone working together,” said the former Sunderland centre-back.

“If we put in another team performance then I don’t think we’ll have a problem.

“We need to stay together as a team and we can keep the run going.

“The squad is full of good lads and we’re all mates anyway, but when you are wkorking hard and getting the results, the spirit rises automatically.

“You can see in the performances how good the team spirit is.”