Colin Cooper has urged his players to improve their recent form starting with Morecambe’s visit to Victoria Park on Easter Monday.
Hartlepool have lost the last six league matches and they are just two points off the relegation zone with three matches remaining.
“We have three games to get more points than the people below us in the league and that’s the challenge we’ve gotto take on and if you don’t, you’ll regret it for the rest of your life,” Cooper said.
Cooper was quick to forget Hartlepool’s 3-0 defeat at Burton Albion on Saturday when they were outclassed by the Brewers.
Cooper told Hartlepool United’s official website: “There is no point dwelling on it. Basically we have to say we have a game in two days’ time which could turn out to be one of the biggest games any of us has ever been involved in.”
Morecambe are also facing a relegation battle, the Shrimps are point above Hartlepool after an impressive 1-1 draw at home to Scunthorpe United on Friday.
Buoyed by Friday’s draw striker Jack Sampson has outlined the importance of the next three games.
“If we keep doing what we’re doing and keep treating every game like a cup final then I’m sure we’ll be okay,” Sampson said.
Morecambe have picked two reasonable draws against Fleetwood and Scunthorpe in the last few weeks, easing any genuine relegation fears.
Sampson said: “When we went into training after the Fleetwood game it was really bubbly and there was a different vibe.
“I felt that today in the changing room today and I’m sure it’ll be the same on Monday.”
Hartlepool United- Hartlepool’s leading marksman Luke James is a doubt after injuring his ankle in Saturday’s 3-0 defeat to Burton. While Anthony Sweeney (hamstring), Neil Austin (toe) and Christian Burgess (ankle) all remain out of action.
Morecambe- Andrew Fleming will be absent as he completes a three-match suspension. While Stuart Drummond is out for the rest of the season with toe injury.