Austin demands fighting display from Hartlepool United

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HARTLEPOOL defender Neil Austin says there is only one way to remedy Saturday’s opening-day defeat at Rochdale – by coming out fighting against Nottingham Forest in tonight’s Capital One Cup tie.

“A good result at Forest will give us confidence,” insisted the defender.

“It will be a tough one, but there are shocks in all competitions.

“Do they put their strongest team out or play the reserves?

“Either way, we go there with a positive attitude and trying to get a result out of it.”

Austin, though, admits he was left feeling disconsolate following the defeat at Spotland.

The 30-year-old believes that, after a disciplined pre-season, it was difficult to stomach the manner of the 3-0 reverse.

“We wanted a positive result. Even 0-0 would have done us,” he said.

“To concede in the way we did was disappointing.

“The gaffer tried to lift us in the dressing room and get our heads up

“Faces were on the floor, but there’s a game tonight to bounce back and try to rectify the mistakes

“That is what we have to do.”