Date: 16th February 2016 at 2:01pm
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New manager Craig Hignett has previewed tonight’s game against Notts County and said togetherness remains the key when it comes to good results.

In quotes carried by the Hartlepool Mail from his pre game press conference, Hignett said that Hartlepool would ‘win and lose’ together so each player needed to fight for each other on the pitch.

‘I thought it was a bit of a weird atmosphere on Saturday if I am being honest. The fans were brilliant and it was nearly a perfect start when we hit the bar on 30 seconds. There was more of a murmur than a roar. I wanted it to be ‘come on` but it wasn`t and that`s understandable because of what has gone on. But I was pleased with the crowd. There were times of toil and we struggled for spells, but the fans stuck with the the players and never got on their backs. That support is going to be vital, I want them to be with us, I want us all together as a group. Sometimes we won`t play well I know that, but it won`t be for a lack of effort and I won`t stand for a lack of effort. On Saturday, everyone gave 100 per cent. This is a team effort – when we win, we win together, when we lose, we lose together and that`s the way I want it.’

Whilst the opposition come into the game on the back of a first defeat for their new manager Jamie Fullarton, Hignett knows they had enough chances against York City to have come out with a different result so he doesn’t overly think confidence for them would be a problem either.

But it is obviously an opportunity to gain in the League Two table.

‘Saturday gave us a bit of breathing space, a lift. If we get another win and we can maybe start looking up, instead of over our shoulders. But we aren`t getting complacent – it`s one win, one game and you have to take each game as it comes, especialy the run we`ve been on. It was nice to get that win against Yeovil and hopefully that will lift confidence.’

Hignett also talked about hopefully getting the best out of Brad Walker who made only four starts for previous gaffer Ronnie Moore as he, and we, struggled.

He didn’t however say he’d be involved tonight either as he’s not convinced he’s yet right to give his best.

‘I hope so. I love Brad, he`s a great kid, with massive potential. He`s had a tough time lately but I will get him going and when he`s going, he`s more than good enough to get in the team.’

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