Paul Murray calls for solidity

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PAUL Murray has called on his team-mates to “stop the rot” at Hartlepool United.

Pools suffered a third straight defeat at home to Wycombe Wanderers on Saturday to leave them 10th in League One, with Mick Wadsworth’s men having occupied fourth position as recently as three weeks ago.

Murray knows that Wadsworth will keep faith with his current squad of players, rather than seek loan-deal additions, and that is why the veteran midfielder believes it is up to them to address the problems which have undermined the impressive start to the season.

“It’s three defeats in a row and we’re all disappointed – we need to stop the rot,” he said as Pools prepare for Saturday’s trip to Chesterfield.

“We were very poor last weekend at Notts County and again on Saturday, but we’ve got to try to get back to what we were doing.

“We weren’t really any great shakes on that unbeaten run but we still ground out the results. That’s what we’ve got to do now.

“It’s not going to be a case of new players coming in – it’s us lot and we’ve got to stick together.

“We have to work for each other a bit more now, get back to being solid and start doing the dirty, nasty things again – getting those second balls, the tackles, the headers, because that’s what we were about.”