Hartlepool United manager Dave Challinor reveals what he said to chairman Raj Singh following 2-0 win over Aldershot Town at Victoria Park

Dave Challinor was feeling positive following Saturday’s 2-0 win over Aldershot Town as he met with chairman Raj Singh to discuss Hartlepool United’s position in the National League.

Tuesday, 11th February 2020, 11:45 am
Updated Tuesday, 11th February 2020, 11:45 am
Hartlepool United manager Dave Challinor during the Vanarama National League match between Hartlepool United and Aldershot Town at Victoria Park, Hartlepool on Saturday 8th February 2020. (Credit: Mark Fletcher | MI News)

Goals from Luke Molyneux and Mark Shelton inside the opening 20-minutes confirmed a third consecutive victory at Victoria Park for Pools as they moved up to 10th in the National League table.

It was a win that has Challinor excited about the upcoming matches as he spoke to Singh and chief executive Mark Maguire about what the future could hold, particularly at The Vic.

“I spoke with the chairman and chief exec after the game and told them if we can now go and win at Solihull this weekend then our next home game against Notts County will be absolutely bouncing,” said the Pools boss.

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“I’ve always spoke about using the crowd we have here to our advantage and that’s what we're doing. We’ve got to keep trying to build and build to make this a really difficult place to come.”

It’s back to back 2-0 home wins at The Vic for United as Challinor compared the Aldershot performance with the previous home win over Stockport County.

“I’m equally satisfied because we’ve won both games,” he added.

“As much as it is about winning, I don’t think we were quite as good against Aldershot compared to the Stockport game but I thought the conditions were easier against Stockport.

“Saturday was more and more difficult at the game went on which is why we’ve spoken about playing with a real intent but the conditions were against us with the weather in the second half especially.

“For us to put ourselves in a winning position so early is obviously massively pleasing.

“I’ll compare our performances to the Stockport game because that’s the standard we set ourselves because it was a really good overall performance.

“But ultimately both games are three points and we’ve managed to do that and keep a clean sheet.

“Hopefully we’ve rebuilt our momentum after a little set-back last week at Barnet and we can build on our home form and pick up wins away.”