On-loan Sunderland defender eyes more home comforts for Hartlepool United

Scott Harrison
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CONFIDENT Scott Harrison sees “no reason” why Hartlepool United can’t make it back-to-back home wins when Plymouth Argyle visit tomorrow.

Pools beat Cheltenham Town 2-0 the last time they played on home turf and the 21-year-old centre back is hoping for another three points against 10th placed Argyle at Victoria Park.

Harrison describes the Sky Bet League Two match as “massive” and they all are now as Pools fight to claw back the nine-point gap to safety.

John Sheridan’s side make the long trip to the North East on the back of six games without a win.

Harrison, currently on-loan from Sunderland until the end of the season, is aiming to make that seven.

He said: “We could have won against Tranmere last weekend and we had enough chances but the point can be a platform from which we build.

“A win would of course have been better but we haven’t been beaten and that is the main thing.

“As long as we are picking up some points, that is really important.

“The game against Plymouth is massive.

“We are back at home and there is no reason why we can’t beat them.”

Harrison has been playing alongside Dan Jones at the back since signing on loan and he believes it is a flourishing partnership in a flat back four.

He added: “I like the partnership with Dan and there is plenty of talking, which is good.

“I know if I miss the ball then there is somebody there alongside to mop up.

“It is going well so far.”

Pools are keen to make the Sunderland defender’s stay at the club a permanent one and Harrison is enjoying his spell at Pools.

He also has the support of Black Cats legend Kevin Ball to fall back on.

Ball, who made 388 appearances for Sunderland, scoring 27 times, has been visiting Pools’ training base at Maiden Castle to keep tabs on the youngster.

Ball, a senior professional development coach at Sunderland, is someone Harrison has a great deal of respect for.

Harrison added: “I am really enjoying my time at the club.

“Kevin Ball has been up to have a chat with me and to see how things are going and he is someone I really respect a lot.

“I had the chance to go to Sunderland on trial and he took me on and he is always texting me asking how things are going.

“He had a great career and it is great to have the support of someone like him.”