Hartlepool boss looking for Ex factor

Sam Collins

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SAM Collins has called for the same level of performance from his Hartlepool United side as they look to pull themselves clear of the bottom of the Football League.

Pools travelled down to Devon today ahead of tomorrow’s match away to Exeter City at St James’s Park in Sky Bet League Two.

Collins is currently in caretaker charge alongside coach Stephen Pears following Colin Cooper’s resignation last Saturday, and the pair will be in the dugout again tomorrow looking to get back to winning ways.

Pools go into the match on the back of a 2-1 midweek defeat to Sheffield United in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy but it was a much-improved performance from a young side.

Despite former Carlisle United boss Graham Kavanagh and Hartlepool-born Mark Venus strong contenders for the vacant manager’s job, Collins remains in overall charge.

His focus is on beating 14th placed Exeter City and trying to repeat last season’s result – a 3-0 win for Pools.

Collins said: “We know Exeter have been doing well. I have done a lot of work on them, similar to what I did on Sheffield United, and I wanted to give the players as much information as possible.

“We can’t fear them and we have to be hard to beat and cause them problems.

“We had a really good result there last season and we are more than capable of doing that again.

“I asked the lads for 100 per cent effort on Tuesday, to stick together and do their jobs properly and all of them tried to do that.

“We have to move on though because the most important game is against Exeter.

“If we get the same type of performance with the same type of enthusiasm and people wanting to fight for each other, then we have a chance.”