John Askey hoping 'strong words' have desired impact as Hartlepool United head to Altrincham who are without ex-Stockport County man

Hartlepool United face a quick turnaround from their first home defeat of the season as they make the trip to Altrincham on Tuesday.
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John Askey’s side travel to Moss Lane on the back of successive defeats against Oxford City and Woking having also lost their 100 per cent record at the Suit Direct Stadium.

Pools have had to deal with multiple setbacks in recent weeks with Askey losing several key players within his team – midfielder Callum Cooke the latest to be sidelined for a significant period with an ankle injury.

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But Askey must look to get a response out of his side with Pools facing back-to-back away games in the space of three days at Altrincham before Saturday’s trip to Dagenham & Redbridge.

Hartlepool United head to Altrincham in the National League. Picture by FRANK REIDHartlepool United head to Altrincham in the National League. Picture by FRANK REID
Hartlepool United head to Altrincham in the National League. Picture by FRANK REID

"It’s difficult to know what to say to supporters because they get frustrated and I get frustrated,” Askey said when looking ahead to a busy schedule.

"It won't be through a lack of trying that we don’t get results.

"We’ve got to turn it around now and get everybody back onside. We’ve got two away games now, hopefully we can get six points and then things look different again.

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"But we know football has its ups and downs and all you can do is fight. Some of what we’re seeing is not acceptable. There have been a few strong words said in the last week or so and hopefully that has an effect.”

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Pools will be without Cooke and will also need to assess the fitness of defender Alex Lacey after he was forced off midway through the first half of the defeat to Woking with a head injury.

The Robins, too, will be without some of their key players after the recent injury news regarding star signing Olly Crankshaw from Stockport County.

The winger went off in the recent defeat at Barnet after suffering an anterior cruciate ligament injury – a similar injury to Hartlepool’s Dan Dodds.

Michael Parkinson will also be without forward Regan Linney who has a knee problem while midfielder George Wilson and captain James Jones remain doubtful due to recent injuries.

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