Craig Hignett feels it’s a case of ‘sink or swim’ for his Hartlepool United players going into the new National League season.

Pools were beaten 2-1 at York City on Wednesday in a typical game of two halves at Bootham Crescent.

Craig Hignett’s side were a constant threat in the opening 45-minutes and good value for their half-time lead before an arduous second half display.

“I said to the players after the game we’ve got to give the fans performances week-in week-out because the standards are going to change,” said the United boss.

“I’m not going to put up with mediocre performances and we’ve got a squad now where the competition for places will mean people will either sink or swim and I’ll find out a lot about the lads.”

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