Off-field strife, pay packet concerns and being at a club under threat of administration is nothing new to Hartlepool United keeper Scott Loach.

While Pools financial issues may be a shock to the system to many, the 29-year-old went through exactly the same during his time at Watford. And he thinks the players should be turning this negative into a positive, using the troubles to unite and produce the goods on the pitch.

“I am trying to use whatever is going on at this club as a positive. We need to be positive,” he said. “All the stuff in the background, has had an impact but as players we need to rise above it.

“All we can do is play well. As a player you either have to play well to cement your place at the club for the future or put yourself in the shop window.

“To do either of those you have to be playing well. What happens behind the scenes, in my opinion, does not effect what happens when we cross those white lines.

“I get the worries. Are we getting paid, etc?

“But the fact is we did get paid and we are not performing on the pitch. That needs to change.”

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