The Football League Paper - - INSIDE - By Sam Hawthorn

HARTLEPOOL boss Dave Jones be­lieves the club are head­ing in the right di­rec­tion af­ter grab­bing their first win un­der his com­mand.

Af­ter ar­riv­ing at Pools in Jan­uary, Jones went six games with­out a win be­fore last Tues­day’s 4-0 vic­tory against Crewe, which took them six points clear of the drop zone.

“Bit by bit, things are grow­ing,” said the 60-yearold. “We are still in a learn­ing process with so many changes tak­ing place around the place. We are try­ing to get a grip on what we are try­ing to do.”

Jones will be hop­ing that 32-year-old cap­tain Billy Payn­ter’s Achilles in­jury is not se­ri­ous enough to re­quire surgery that would rule him out for the re­main­der of the sea­son.

“It looked like he’d be need­ing an op but they are try­ing some­thing dif­fer­ent to see if it will help him,” said Jones.

“Hope­fully, it’ll work. They don’t think it is se­vere enough to war­rant an op­er­a­tion.”

VIC­TORY: Dave Jones

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