Pool have Pompey in sights

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ANDY Monkhouse echoed the sentiments of his manager when he insisted Hartlepool United will tackle every game with the upmost importance for the remainder of the season.

Pools have enjoyed a big upturn in fortunes since the turn of the year and have taken eight points from their last four away games.

They have, following last weekend’s win over Notts County, some momentum about them now and tackle Portsmouth, the team two points above them in the table at Victoria Park tomorrow night.

Pompey are on a 19-game winless run and have been beaten in their last nine games.

“Hopefully, we can build on this again on Tuesday night,’’ said Monkhouse.

“The gaffer has gone on record saying every game is a cup final and we’re taking it one at a time.

“It’s another massive one on Tuesday.

“The gaffer has a philosophy of playing football.

“He came at a time when the lads were very, very low and he’s taken time and a lot of the players are full of confidence now.

“Portsmouth’s confidence will be fragile after losing again.’’ Monkhouse, after scoring his second of the season, the other coming against Shrewsbury in September, added: “We’ll need the fans again and they were brilliant last week.

“If we give them something to go off, then they’ll get right behind us.

“When you’re winning games you all want to get out there and play and it rubs off on each other.

When you’re losing, it works the other way.

“You need people in the group to become leaders. We had that – Scotty, Sam, Simon, they pulled us through.

“Earlier in the season after conceding we might have got beat 5-0 and this shows that we have come a long way.

“They are all winnable games now.’’ Pools meet Orient at Victoria Park on Saturday before a trip to Scunthorpe on February 20 and Monkhouse added: “It’s a home double-header next, but it’s up to us to go out there and win them.

“We’re at the point now where we’re thinking ‘do not lose’.

“We’re solid and the lads at the top end of the pitch are looking lively and we look like nicking goals.’’

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