Featherstone fired up for Hartlepool United climb

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HARTLEPOOL United new boy Nicky Featherstone says it is impossible to avoid looking at the League Two table but hopes it will make better viewing after this weekend.

You couldn’t blame the Hartlepool squad if they were doing everything possible not to take a peek at the standings given Pools sit bottom, six points adrift of safety with just 12 points.

But 26-year-old Featherstone insists the players are facing the challenge head on and he insists they have enough in the ranks to start climbing the league.

The statistics suggest otherwise though, as Paul Murray’s side are comfortably the lowest scorers in the league, with 13 goals, and have the second-worst defence, with 31 conceded.

It doesn’t bode well ahead of league leaders Wycombe Wanderers making the long trek to Victoria Park tomorrow.

Holding midfielder Featherstone is confident though Pools can soon turn the corner, with the new signings continuing to bed in.

“It is pretty hard to avoid looking at the league table, to be honest,” Featherstone said.

“But we have the quality in this team to get out of this situation.

“We just need to get through this sticky period.

“We have brought in a few players recently and it will take a little time to get going.

“The first half of the York City match showed that we can produce – it is just about doing it for the full 90 minutes.

“If we do that then, we will start winning matches.

“The difference between the first-half and the first 15 minutes of the second-half was massive.

“We know we need to be better.”

Scott Fenwick had given Pools a deserved 27th minute lead only for a 10-minute second-half collapse saw Russ Wilcox’s side score three quick-fire goals to snatch all three points.

As well as denting morale, it also further dented the goal difference to minus 18.

Featherstone added: “Our goal difference is far too high and we need to do something about that quickly.

“We created enough chances against York but we didn’t take them and that is the difficult bit scoring.

“If you fail to take your chances in football you will get punished.

“York were there for the taking and we were all so disappointed to lose that match.

“We could have drawn level on points with them but instead we are six points adrift of them now.

“It is hard to get wins when you are down at the bottom but we all believe we can get out of it.

“We have a good set of lads and a good set of coaches on the staff.

“We have a chance to put that right tomorrow and to build some momentum.

“Teams are very similar in this league and we will approach the game in the same way we do every week, prepare right and be ready for them.

“We have nothing to lose as nobody probably expects us to get a result – apart from ourselves,” added the former Hull City, Walsall and Scunthorpe United midfielder.

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