TOWN aim for a first win in three League I trips to Hartlepool tonight with home boss Danny Wilson calling for his side to “cut out the craziness”.
Wilson’s charges have made a name for themselves as comeback kings this campaign, with the latest coming at Walsall on Saturday.
Pools trailed 2-0 before sealing three points at the Bescot Stadium with goals by Tony Sweeney, Matty Robson and James Brown.
That followed comebacks from two and three down in the 3-3 draws with Oldham and Swindon at Victoria Park.
Pools beat Town 3-1 on Teesside in 2005-06 and 2-1 last time around, and also chalked up a 1-0 win over Stan Ternent’s charges in their centenary tournament in pre-season.
Wilson would no doubt settle for another victory however it comes, but would prefer it to come in a more straightforward way.
“We can play good football but we are giving ourselves a mountain to climb all too often, and that’s crazy” said the former Sheffield Wednesday and Barnsley boss.
“You don’t have to be a blind man to see the second half was the real us. If that has not sunk in with the players that the second-half display is the way we should be playing then they are thicker than we thought!
“We have worked very hard all last week in certain areas and for the first 45 minutes we didn’t put into practice what we had been working on.
“In the second half we were very determined and maybe you need a bit of luck sometimes, but what we did was press ourselves on Walsall and they couldn't cope with us.”
Former trainee Brown’s strike took his season’s haul to five, while Australian frontman Joel Porter has seven.
Pools also have former Town loan striker Kevin Kyle in their ranks after borrowing him from Coventry for a month.
Burnley frontman Steve Jones is set for his second loan appearance for Town, who give late fitness checks to Joe Skarz, who was forced out of Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Bristol Rovers by cramp, Danny Cadamarteri (hamstring) and Phil Jevons (back).
Saturday’s win at Walsall was Pools’ first in six games, but Town boss Ternent is predicting a tough examination tonight.
“It’s a tight ground and the crowd create a good atmosphere, so it’s got the makings of a top game,” he said.
“Danny Wilson and myself go back a long way, and he’s got a lot of experience and a good managerial record.
“They’ll make life difficult for us, but given our recent away form (seven points from nine) we’ve got every reason to go their with confidence.”
Tonight’s match marks a return to familiar territory for Town coach Mick Docherty, who was Hartlepool manager for a spell in 1983.
Tonight’s referee is Cheshire’s Scott Mathieson.