Hartlepool manager Ronnie Moore wants his team to defy predictions they will struggle in League Two, despite a last-gasp escape from the drop at the end of last season.
Pools only guaranteed safety with a game to spare, having been 10 points adrift.
Moore has since overhauled the squad, with nine close-season signings.
"People are already trying to write us off but that's what we need to spur us on," Moore told BBC Tees,
"They're getting paid for putting their point of view across.
|Ronnie Moore on the new signings|
|"I'm happy, we're a younger and quicker side, the average age is 23 or 24."We've got a good blend and it's getting them to play to the system we want to play."We have to have players who can adapt to changes and we've got that at this present time."|
"I don't agree with that and I'm sure there's a few people around Hartlepool who don't."
Moore's December arrival was the catalyst for the turnaround, as were the arrivals of Marvin Morgan, Jordan Hugill and Aaron Tshibola.
Managing fan expectation is also a concern. "All of a sudden we finished third from bottom and now we're going to win the league by 20 points - it's not going to happen," said Moores.
"It'd be nice, but we must get established and get the club going in the right direction.
"We must make sure we don't get into that position again. We don't want to put ourselves through that two seasons running."