STEPHEN Crainey says beating Southampton on Saturday evening would give the Seasiders the belief to win promotion.
The left-back, who had a spell at the south coast club, is well aware how tough it will be to defeat the side five points clear at the top.
But he sees no reason why Pool can’t take the points and reckons victory will represent a major step towards cementing a top-six spot.
Crainey said: “If we can get a result against Southampton, a big team playing really well, it would really push us on and make us believe we can do it.
“It will be a tough match because they are flying high, but on our day I think we can beat anybody
“We’ve got confidence, not just the starting 11 but the whole squad. There is great competition for places.
“If we can string some results together and give ourselves even more confidence, then who knows where we might end up.”
Pool certainly owe the Saints one after letting the points slip in heartbreaking fashion at St Mary’s Stadium in December.
Leading 2-1 deep in stoppage time, Pool were denied a point by Rickie Lambert’s second goal of the game.
Crainey added; “We should have won at their place. We played really well but that’s football for you – it can hurt sometimes.”
POOL beat Leeds United 5-3 in a behind-closed-doors game. A brace from Nouha Dicko and strikes by John Fleck, Craig Sutherland and Stephen Husband gave the Seasiders victory at Leeds’ training ground yesterday.
Brett Ormerod, Angel Martinez and Danny Wilson got a run-out, as did Chris Basham, just three days after playing the full 90 minutes at Reading.