Hughes urges Hartlepool United to keep the faith

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JOHN Hughes has reaffirmed his belief that Hartlepool United supporters will soon see a definite improvement under his guidance, writes CRAIG HOPE.

Despite having slipped to three straight home defeats since the Scot’s arrival, performances have picked up slightly in recent matches.

Hughes insists his influence will be a gradual one, but he is determined to pay back the faith the club have shown in him.

“My job is to lift this club,” he said today, with Pools bottom of League One and without a win in 20 matches.

“I have to make the players the best individually and collectively they can be.

“I need to give them a style of play that will make the people of Hartlepool want to come along, even in defeat.

“We will see it getting better and we’ll see that we’re all in it together.”

Pools have spent the past few days working on the training pitches at Maiden Castle ahead of Saturday’s trip to promotion-chasing MK Dons.

Hughes’ added: “It’s pointless hitting the players with a big stick, some will say this and that – I should be running them along the beach – but you have make sure you take a considered approach.

“It’s about getting a response with effort and commitment by being crafty and I think we’ve seen that in the past couple of matches.”