LAST time there was real anger in the Hartlepool United dressing room, there was a positive response - and now Sam Collins expects the same.

Things got heated after Pools squandered a two-goal lead at Stevenage in August and they went on to win their next five games.

Now, after losing at Notts County on Sunday, Collins and co hope for another improvement at the weekend.

Pools meet Wycombe at Victoria Park, with their second reverse of the season to be put to bed.

Mick Wadsworth's side has improved aplenty on last season and Collins expects.

Wadsworth said in the aftermath of the Notts loss that he would make changes on Saturday and skipper Collins admitted: "I think we've got a better team now and better squad with a lot more experienced players.

"It's down to us now to get together and sort this out and bounce back from Sunday.

"When you think about it last season we probably had 12 or 13 players who we could play every week and there were a couple of changes we could have made.

"Now the manager has got 16 or 17 players and I know the manager spoke about considering whether to do that (make changes) at the weekend, because good teams do that.

"They don't just play the same team week in week out and if it keeps players fresh if he can change the team he is going to do it.

"I'm sure he has got things in his mind."

Pools sit in ninth spot on 19 points amid a healthy start and Collins added: "We were disappointed because we lost the game on Sunday. Some of us were angry at ourselves because we didn't play as well as we have been doing.

"On the positive front we all agreed that we've not got to let this happen again and bounce back.

"We need to win next week. It will be a tough game because they are always tough.

"But our home form has been pretty good and obviously with the crowds as well now, we need them to stick by us.

"We've had two bad results on the trot but we have still got the endeavor to win football matches and it's down to us next week to put a good performance on and win."

He added: "We've come too far over what we've done in the previous nine games to throw it all away.

"There is no point putting hard work in every day and every game to go back to where we were at times last season, when we lost too many matches really.''