Hartlepool: John Hughes proud of his side's determination

John Hughes

Hartlepool boss John Hughes is pleased with his side's determination after wins over Bury and Tranmere kept League One survival mathematically possible.

Pools are five points off 20th-placed Oldham with two matches left, although the Latics have four to play.

"In terms of being resolute and providing a rearguard action we've been different class," Hughes told BBC Tees.

"Credit to the boys for their character. I can't ask any more of them, their keeping the dream alive."

After the Easter weekend fixtures, Hartlepool were bottom of League One, eight points adrift of 20th place.

Saturday's 1-0 win at promotion-chasing Tranmere has kept them with an outside chance of avoiding the drop.

"In terms of playing football, Tranmere were better but it was a great win for us," Hughes continued.

"We kept another clean sheet by scrapping with our backs to the wall basically all game.

"We're down to the bare bones at the moment and having such a willing runner in Luke James up-front on his own just epitomises what we're about.

"We're still hanging on in there and we'll get ready for the game against Brentford next week and see if we're still in the fight."