Pools aiming for double delight.
MICK WADSWORTH has challenged Hartlepool to be at their stubborn best as they aim to do the double over League One leaders Brighton.
Pools stunned Gus Poyet's Seagulls 3-1 at Victoria Park in November but have untypically conceded eight goals in their last two away games, form which the Pools boss knows will be nowhere near good enough at the Withdean Stadium.
"I think we are one of only two teams that could theoretically take six points off them, so that's a great incentive. Any result there would be a fantastic one," he said. "Their home record is very good, every game has its own peculiarities and to win there would be a feather in our cap.
"We hope to take confidence from what we did to them earlier in the season, but it also sets them up as well. Gus and his players will be thinking they owe us one.
"It worked for us last week against Colchester after what happened down there and we need a determination to put on one of our away performances when we are tight and make them work hard for everything."
Wadsworth has deep respect for opposite number Poyet, a prolific midfielder during his playing days who scored a 2000 FA Cup semi-final double for Chelsea against Newcastle when Wadsworth was at St James' Park.
"Gus has done a great job there," he said. "He was a top player and I suffered at his hands when I was at Newcastle United and he twice ran off Solano to sneak away in a game we played really well in."
But that respect will be put on hold for 90 minutes come 3pm tomorrow, with Wadsworth looking to adapt to whatever is thrown at his side.
"Brighton play good football but can mix it up as well, so we will have to have within our starting XI the ability to change if it's not what we expected," Wadsworth added.
Right-back Neil Austin (calf) is set to miss out again.