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JS ON TOUGH HARTLEPOOL TEST

17 October 2014

Boss on Pools

The Town might be six games unbeaten, but they put that record on the line against a Hartlepool side aiming to record just their second home win of the campaign on Saturday.

With a new (caretaker) boss at the helm and a 2-1 win under their belts last week, John Still knows that Hartlepool will give his side a real run for their money at Victoria Park.

“They had a good win at Exeter and I’d seen Exeter play the week previous at Dagenham, and I thought Exeter were very good,” Still said at his pre-match press call on Thursday.

“We got a match report and Hartlepool played very well. We see it with Carlisle, a new manager comes in and everything ups, everyone raises their level.

“This is a tough, tough game, but so was last week and so was the week before, and so will next week be.”

Having come through the last six matches with just one goal conceded – whilst at the same time juggling a now-easing injury list – Still believes his squad can keep on improving.

“Every time we play a tough game, it should make us a better team, that’s how I think, I hope it’s tough Saturday as I want us to get better,” continued Still.

“I never worry about that and don’t look at changes of managers though, all I worry about is what I can control, I can’t control what other teams do.

“The past few games have seen us just improve a little bit in certain areas.

“At the start of the season, I didn’t think we played terribly, we played okay, but the difference between winning and losing are small.

“What we’ve done is just close those gaps a little bit and turned decent performances into winning performances like last year.

“I’m very pleased with everyone at the moment, considering we’ve had to chop and change a little bit recently, but I think that’s why you try to have a decent squad.”



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