Ex-Sunderland defender Harrison urges Pools to get back to winning ways

Scott Harrison in action for Hartlepool United against Bournemouth
Scott Harrison in action for Hartlepool United against Bournemouth
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Scott Harrison says Hartlepool United will be looking to make it third time lucky this week against Carlisle to get back to winning ways.

Pools lost their 100 per cent record at Stevenage in League Two last Saturday before experiencing a football lesson against Bournemouth in the Capital One Cup.

“The gaffer said on Tuesday night to go and enjoy the experience but Saturday is the most important thing.

“We’ve made a good start and while we’ve lost twice, we’d have certainly taken the start we’ve had [four wins and two defeats].

“On Saturday, we need to keep pushing forward and try to get the win.”

It will not be easy.

While Carlisle are without a win in the league and find themselves 20th in the table, they gave their season a serious kick-start with a 2-1 Capital One Cup shock at QPR.

Jason Kennedy’s header gave Keith Curle’s side victory at Loftus Road and given them a dream third round draw down the M6 at Liverpool.

But Harrison says Pools must concentrate oon themselves and get back to doing what they were doing pre-Stevenage.

“Carlisle had a great result against QPR in the cup on Tuesday night so they’ll have a bit of confidence after that,” said the former Sunderland central defender.

“But it’s important we do our thing.

“We’ll be looking to create chances and take them, while defending well and try to keep a clean sheet.”

Harrison says he is desperate to be up against his old pal and former Pools loan striker Charlie Wyke.

The ex-Middlesbrough striker did not play against QPR and Harrison fears he may not face him on Saturday.

Curle looks set to start with Jabo Ibehre up front after seven goals already this season, including the equaliser against Wimbledon last Saturday.

“I’m not sure Charlie’s going to be playing,” added Harrison. “I’ve been texting him.

“I’m not bothered about him [Ibehre], it’s Charlie I want to be playing against.”