‘We owe him one’ - Scott Loach feels Hartlepool United’s players owe manager Craig Harrison a performance

Scott Loach. Picture by Frank Reid
Scott Loach. Picture by Frank Reid

Goalkeeper Scott Loach feels Hartlepool United’s players owe manager Craig Harrison and his coaching staff a performance.

Pools have got off to a difficult start to life in the National League, only breaking their three-point duck at the seventh attempt last time out against Guiseley.

And given all of the hard work and blind faith the manager and staff Paul Jenkins and Matthew Bates have put into the Pools players this summer, Loach feels like the squad are indebted to Harrison & Co.

“The gaffer and his coaches have put a lot of time and effort into us. We owe them,” said the former England call-up.

“We must repay the favour.

“Sometimes it reflects on them when they are not the ones who cross the white line.

“It is not a PlayStation game - the manager cannot control us when we run out on to the park.

“There shouldn’t be pressure - we play football for a living.

“Saying that, though, I am 100% positive about our situation. We will get this right.”

Meanwhile, manager Harrison has moved to end speculation about whether assistant Bates will pull on his boots for Pools again.

Fans have been calling for the former Boro defender to make himself available in recent weeks.

Harrison is not sure that will ever happen.

“Batesy is retired as far as I know,” said the manager.

“He’s had five knee injuries. Ideally it’s not one we want to visit as it’s a big issue. He’s had a long, hard think about it. It’s a personal question, an answer for Matty, no-one else.”