Balancing act needed by Hartlepool United players – Murray

Hartlepool United manager Paul Murray.
Hartlepool United manager Paul Murray.
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PAUL Murray wants his players to strike the right balance between being upset about their league position and being determined to do something about it.

The 3-1 defeat to Wycombe Wanderers at Victoria Park at the weekend was Hartlepool United’s 13th of the season and it left the club six points adrift in Sky Bet League Two.

Murray was left visibly frustrated by the defeat, which has become an all too familiar tale this season.

The Pools boss said the players are bright in training but said it is about getting the balance right and being “disappointed about the situation as well”.

“I want them to have that balance of being upset about where we are in the league,” said Murray.

“They can’t just come into training thinking ‘I’m a footballer, I’m coming into training every day and that’s great.’

“It is great but they’ve got to have that balance of being bright in training, but still being upset about where we are.

“I want them coming in determined to get us out of this situation.”

Scoring goals would help Pools climb the league table and a missed penalty from Neil Austin towards the end of the first-half, when Pools were trailing 1-0, proved crucial.

Wycombe went on to score two further goals to seal a comfortable 3-1 win, with Marlon Harewood getting a late consolation for the home side.

Pools are the league’s lowest scorers with just 14 scored all season but Murray said he cannot fault the effort his players are putting in.

He added: “I cannot fault the effort again.

“But goals change the game, get in the game again and it’s all about composure and concentration.”

Pools are currently taking a break from league action, with the focus fully on the visit of Blyth Spartans on Friday night in the second round of the FA Cup.

Murray’s side return to league action a week on Saturday, when they make the trip to promotion chasing Burton Albion.

l POOLS‘ reserves are back in action tonight. Sam Collins’ side host Scunthorpe United at Billingham Town’s Bedford Terrace ground (KO 7pm).