Hartlepool United can still make the play-offs – Collins

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SAM Collins believes Hartlepool United are still in the running for a place in Sky Bet League Two’s top seven.

Pools are viewed very much as outsiders given the seven-point gap to the last play-off spot.

But Collins is looking to see the side bounce back from Saturday’s surprise 2-0 defeat at Northamton Town by starting another unbeaten sequence by beating Torquay at Victoria Park thisd weekend.

“We need to put it behind us straight away,” said the team skipper.

“But to be fair, the lads have done that quite well all season.

“When we’ve had a bad result we always seem to recover quickly and that’s what we’ve got to do because there is still everything to play for.

“The amount of ability we’ve got in the squad, we are more than capable of winning enough matches.”

Saturday’s result – and lifeless performance – came after some excellent form against four sides at the top of League Two.

Play-off chasers Dagenham & Redbridge and Newport County were beaten without a goal being conceded, while they drew with sides with automatic hopes, Scunthorpe and Southend.

“We’d done very well over the previous four or five games and now we must go again and try to put another good run together,” said the centre-half.

“The league is so tight and we still feel we can get into those positions especially when you look at the fixtures coming up and the fact we’ve got a few home games.

“That’s got to be our aim.”

Pools are going to have to go on a run without Luke Williams following his return to Middlesbrough after the end of his loan spell.

But Pools have won without Williams before and Collins believes they can do so again.

“Luke will be a big miss, definitely,” said the 36-year-old.

“He is a big talent, I can’t believe he’s not playing for Middlesbrough already.

“But it’s a chance for someone to come in and step up to the mark and show what they can do.”