Humphreys eyes late burst
Hartlepool's loyal servant Ritchie Humphreys has set his sights on sneaking into the play-offs after getting back to winning ways.
By Chris Galea
Last Updated: 01/03/12 10:47pm
Hartlepool United's loyal servant Ritchie Humphreys has set his sights on sneaking into the play-offs after getting back to winning ways.
The Pools were humiliated 5-0 last Saturday by relegation-threatened Wycombe, but bounced back with a 2-1 win at Bury on Wednesday night.
Experienced midfielder Humphreys netted the opener in his first start in almost two months as Pools the gap on the top six to just five points.
However, the 34-year-old believes that Hartlepool's next two games, against MK Dons and Huddersfield, should test their play-off credentials.
"It has been about a month since I last started a game, so it was great to get the nod and grab a goal as well," Humphreys told Sky Sports.
"We've been on a good run recently, but the trip to Wycombe was a bad result and performance which needed addressing, so no matter how we performed at Bury it was all about winning.
"We could have played attractive football and got beaten, but it wouldn't have been any good to us because we wanted to get back to winning ways.
"We had a few points to prove because we weren't so clever down at Wycombe, but everyone was at it against Bury and although it wasn't pretty by any stretch of the imagination a win is a win at the end of the day.
"We lost the last two away from home as well, so it was important to get back on track because we've done okay on our travels this season.
"We've had a tricky spell at home, which we've managed to battle through and it is looking good on both fronts now.
"It sets us up nicely now for this weekend and a tough challenge against a very good MK Dons side.
"We've drawn with both of them already this season, so we know that on our day we can certainly match them.
"The league is set in place now, with the top five almost certain to finish in that area and they are definitely the strongest in League One, so they will be good tests for us.
"We are five points off the play-offs now and if we can get on a good run towards the end of the season you never know what can happen."