Lockwood Looking For Lions To Be Ruthless

Segregation is in place for this fixture with Hartlepool United fans having the Railway End and second seated stand of the ground entering via turnstiles 7 & 8. 

Adam Lockwood is looking for his side to be ruthless when Hartlepool United visit Nethermoor on Monday with kick-off at 3pm. 

The Lions picked up the first win of the season at home to Torquay last weekend but fell to a 2-0 defeat at The Shay Stadium on Saturday.

Hartlepool United have struggled to aclimatise to life in the National League so far picking up two points in the opening six matches of the season.

Pools drew 1-1 away at Macclesfield and at home to Chester but have lost to Dover, Maidenhead, Bromley and AFC Fylde who defeated them 3-0 on Saturday.

Former Lion Jake Cassidy will return to Nethermoor having scored two of his new sides three goals so far this season.

Speaking after Saturday’s defeat at FC Halifax Town Adam Lockwood said “At times I thought we were bright but there was no real cutting edge.”

“I have asked for people to stand up now, it is good being good on the ball but we have to ruthless in this game at both ends, that’s where we have lost the game”

“It becomes about individuals taking that role and they are going to need to be ruthless. For me there is an opportunity for somebody to stand up and somebody has to take that.”

When asked about the difficulty in picking results up away from Nethermoor Adam said “Away from home we have been poor, I think I know what it is and it becomes down to individuals to sort that out.”

Lockwood also hinted at changes being made on Monday “When you get beat it is nice playing a game of football quickly after, I have got tough decisions to make now.”

Looking ahead to Monday’s visit from Hartlepool United the manager is expecting a good contest “It will be another tough game as they all are. It is a challenge which the lads have to react to again, we have been in this position before and Monday is no different. Off the back of a defeat you always want to have a good reaction and bounce back.”

Tickets can be purchased online here or on the turnstiles for the home end but Hartlepool supporters MUST purchase their tickets in advance from their ticket office.