Hard work starting to pay off at Hartlepool United – Harrison

Hartlepool United's Scott Harrison.
Hartlepool United's Scott Harrison.
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SCOTT Harrison believes Hartlepool United’s recent revival is down to sheer hard work with everyone finally playing their part, writes Richard Mennear.

Pools have closed a nine point gap to safety in Sky Bet League Two to now find themselves third bottom, a point ahead of Tranmere Rovers and two above basement side Cheltenham Town.

Ronnie Moore has struck upon a lucrative 3-5-2 formation, with the hardworking frontmen Jonathan Franks and now Jordan Hugill setting the tone.

The 2-1 victory over Cambridge United in front of 5,000 fans at Victoria Park was the club’s fourth straight win – which Harrison again put down to simple hard graft.

And the former Sunderland defender joked he can finally look at the League Two table without hiding behind the couch.

But he knows with seven games still to play, they need to maintain their current momentum.

“It just shows the difference at the club and it is nice to look at the league table for once,” Harrison said.

“I’m not sure what has changed in recent weeks, it is difficult to pin point one thing.

“The spirit of the lads is really up, that is one thing and the other is that now everyone is working their socks off for the team, there are not just five or six players that are doing it.

“Everyone is playing their part and it shows in the results.

“All 11 players on the pitch, chipping in and doing their part – it makes a big difference.

“And that starts with the strikers, running their socks off and closing down.

“That puts the pressure on the opposition because if they don’t do that then their defenders can play the ball where they like.”

The four-game winning streak started with the 1-0 win at Morecambe.

But Harrison is at a loss to explain why it took until Pools were nine-points adrift of safety to spark a revival bid.

He added: “The penny for me dropped a while ago.

“You shouldn’t have to wait until the end of the season to start battling for wins, but now we have four wins on the bounce and the momentum is with us.

“There is a real determination about us now to not let chances slips, like we have done previously.

“We have gone from the win away at Morecambe and flown.”

Next up for Pools is a tricky Easter weekend, starting with Newport County away on Good Friday, followed by the visit of Southend United on Easter Monday.