Scott Loach believes Hartlepool United’s players owe Craig Harrison a performance – because he showed faith in them, when others turned their back.

Pools travel to Chester this evening for the re-arranged National League encounter in the North West. Loach & Co have won just once in their last 13 games in all competitions and are without victory in their last nine.

With the club sliding closer and closer to the fifth tier trapdoor, the keeper knows tonight is a must win. But there is much more than points riding on this one, according to the former Watford man.

Pride is at stake, says Loach. And he reckons it is time for the Pools boys to step up to the plate, and take some heat off their manager, who believed in them when other clubs did not.

“We need to win,” said the 29-year-old goalie. “We owe the gaffer and his coaches a performance.

“He has trusted me. He brought me to this football club when I had very few options.

“The lads are on that pitch because the gaffer has given them the opportunity. I am not just saying it – for a National League club we get looked after.

“We are lucky. We need to give something back and not take things for granted.”

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