Monkhouse: Hartlepool United must be positive

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ANDY Monkhouse believes that the biggest challenge facing Hartlepool United is to rid themselves of the losing mentality which plagued last season, writes CRAIG HOPE.

Pools lost exactly half of their 46 league matches last term as they were demoted to the bottom tier for the first time in six years.

They began this campaign in similar fashion, losing their three opening games.

But last weekend’s draw at York has lifted the gloom.

“The dressing-room was happier on Saturday,” said long-serving Monkhouse.

“You can get used to losing games, the same as you can winning. Maybe we got a bit too used to losing, so if people’s mentality can change then we can start looking up.

“That’s probably the biggest challenge we’ve got as a group.”

Forward Monkhouse says new manager Colin Cooper has harnessed a unity in the Pools camp. “We’re a good bunch with a good manager,” he said.

“The gaffer and Higgy (Craig Hignett) are very organised compared to previous regimes. We all know what we’re doing. They want us to believe in what they’re saying.

“We need to work hard and keep believing in each other. We’re only three games in, it’s not a major problem.

“The spirit is there. We took a battering last season but we’ve got to stick together and we’ll get through it.”

Pools host Fleetwood on Saturday.