MICK Wadsworth believes the “Friday Night Lights” can help Hartlepool United bag the win which will guarantee their League One status.
Pools welcome Rochdale to Victoria Park in one of four third-tier fixtures being played this evening because of tomorrow’s international matches.
And Wadsworth hopes that his players will send the Pools faithful into their free weekend with a victory to shout about.
“It’s Friday Night Lights,” said the Pools boss, whose side currently lie in 11th spot with 50 points.
“I always like playing under the floodlights during evening games and the supporters seem to enjoy it as well.
“I think it gives something to the atmosphere which is particularly good and we’re very much looking forward to it, especially with it being a bit unsual on a Friday.”
He went on: “I don’t mean this flippantly, but by and large I think we are safe.
“But a win tonight would certainly be the one after which I’d walk away and say ‘that’s it now’.
“The sooner we get that the better and what better time to do it than going into a free weekend.”
Pools have spent the past week stewing over the disappointment of last Saturday’s humiliating 5-2 crash at Walsall.
Wadsworth launched into a stinging attack on his players in the wake of that heavy loss.
But the manager has no doubt he will get a positive response from his men against The Dale.
“Bouncing back has never been a question with these boys,” said Wadsworth, having witnessed his men follow up defeat with victory on eight occasions this season.
Rochdale, under the stewardship of manager Keith Hill and assistant David Flitcroft, are just one point ahead of Pools in the table.
The reverse fixture saw the sides play out a goalless draw on the opening day of the season, and Wadsworth believes both clubs have enjoyed better-than-expected fortunes since that curtain raiser.
“We played there first game of the season and got a nil-nil draw, despite having a load of chances,” he said.
“But, like ourselves, they’ve had a very good season.”