“NOW we go again.”
That was the message Hartlepool United manager Mick Wadsworth will deliver to his players today as they reconvene at Maiden Castle following the weekend defeat against Sheffield Wednesday.
The 1-0 reverse was Hartlepool’s first in League One this season and brought to an end the club-record start which had propelled them to third in the table.
Wadsworth admits his men were downbeat in the wake of Saturday’s match.
But he will not allow that mood to fester as they immediately look ahead to next Sunday’s televised showdown at Notts County.
“It’s all about how the players react now,” the manager said.
“We’ve got to get a result at Notts County and show this was a one-off and get back on that unbeaten route.
“The players were as low as a dachshund’s belly after the game.
“They’re disappointed because the run has ended, but they’ve given everything.
“It’s gone now – it’s been fantastic, but it had to end at some point.
“We’re still in a great position and we’re high in the league.
“If we let this get us down we’re not as strong and tough as I think we are.
“So we’ll get over it and start working for next Sunday which is a massive game.”