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Spy in the camp

11 March 2013

Murray plots Pools downfall

Paul Murray is being kept busy at Boundary Park, even though he has yet to make his second debut for the club.

The 36-year-old midfield man (pictured) has been helping the club in other ways.

Since rejoining Latics, Murray has taken temporary charge of the reserves as well as doing some scouting work.

Murray returned to Hartlepool, who he left in January to join Latics, to compile a report on tomorrow's opponents in their home game against Yeovil Town.

Hartlepool have lost only once in their last 10 league games, which has seen them accumulate 19 points, to give themselves a chance to avoiding relegation.

Murray said: "Hartlepool having been picking up some good results and been playing well.

"They weren't too good on Saturday, but neither were Yeovil.

"I know a lot about Hartlepool and how they are likely to play because I was at the club for a long time."

Murray believes it will be a different game tomorrow as Hartlepool need to win to keep alive their hopes of staying up.

While Murray believes Hartlepool will play a similar system, but may be there will be a change in personnel due to the need to collect three points.

"We need to win, but they need to win more than us," he continued.

Murray is confident Latics can win tomorrow and take another step towards staying up.

He added that Hartlepool haven't got the quality of players Latics have.

Murray explained:"What you were guaranteed week in, week out and you could rely on at Hartlepool was desire and determination which they had.

"We may have more quality here, but it means nothing if you don't have those other attributes.

"Trust me hard work, desire and character will get you through as they will build confidence when you do the simple things well."  

Murray added that he is itching to play, but admits Latics are well blessed with central midfield players.

He explained that he is happy to do whatever is needed to help Latics stay up and he has enjoyed taking charge of the reserves saying it has given him a buzz as big as playing.

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