Hartlepool United: Sam Collins confident side can improve

Sam Collins
Sam Collins has played 263 games for Hartlepool in all competitions

Caretaker manager Sam Collins has said League Two strugglers Hartlepool will improve as long as he is in charge.

They defeated Exeter 2-1 on Saturday to record their first win in six matches and move off the foot of the table.

"We either improve or we stay where we are," Collins, who took charge after Colin Cooper resigned, told BBC Tees.

"I will make sure we will improve. For however long I am here I will make sure the players work hard, train properly and become hard to beat."

The 37-year-old added: "When we become hard to beat, we have enough clever players in our team and if we get them in the right areas, we'll hurt any team in this league.

"While I am in charge, I will enjoy it, I will work incredibly hard and the players will have to match my work rate. If the players keep doing that, like they have all week, then we could be ok."

Winger Ryan Brobbel has extended his loan deal from Championship club Middlesbrough until 8 November, while former Hartlepool midfielder Brian Honour has joined Collins' coaching staff on a short-term basis.