Harley rues lost opportunity for ‘six-pointer’ success

122823_CARLISLE_PFC_25/8/12''Jon Harley. ''Npower League 1, match Carlisle United V Portsmouth FC at Carlisle. ''Picture: Allan Hutchings (122823-425)
122823_CARLISLE_PFC_25/8/12''Jon Harley. ''Npower League 1, match Carlisle United V Portsmouth FC at Carlisle. ''Picture: Allan Hutchings (122823-425)
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It was a case of the rain washing away the glorious chance to seize a six-pointer victory at Hartlepool.

That is the verdict of Jon Harley, who was dismayed Saturday’s postponement thwarted the opportunity to take on League One’s bottom club.

The Pools are currently a club-record 21 matches without a win in all competitions.

Enough to convince Harley Pompey could emerge victorious from a self-styled ‘six-pointer’.

Instead, the Blues face a midweek rearranged trip to Victoria Park, with their next fixture against Crawley on Boxing Day.

And Harley couldn’t help but be disappointed they were denied the chance to face John Hughes’ strugglers by a waterlogged pitch.

He said: ‘It’s a tough time of year, a make-or-break time, with four or five games in quick succession.

‘If you can get a run in that space of time, you can see yourselves moving up that table and away from danger. Certainly we should be looking to take points off teams around us.

‘In theory that was a bit of a six-pointer against Hartlepool and we would have backed ourselves to win it.

‘Looking at our last three games, the first two were good away draws and we wanted to kick on from that against Preston.

‘That was also a draw but the confidence is coming back and we headed into Hartlepool believing we could win.

‘Then the rain came down and it ended up being washed out.

‘It’s a shame, that would have set us up nicely for the games over this period. Now we have to start that run off against Crawley on Boxing Day.’

The players had been staying in the north east since Thursday, having travelled up by coach.

Many fans had made a similar journey on the day of the game, only for it to be called off at 9am.

Harley added: ‘Funnily enough, the year before last, when I was at Notts County, we had a match called off at Hartlepool.

‘This weekend we were staying in Middlesbrough and the weather was actually okay.

‘The day before it didn’t rain loads. We were using the Astroturf at Middlesbrough’s training ground and it was fine.

‘Then it rained overnight and the forecast was rain continuously until 3pm on the Saturday.

‘It has been quite a strange week all in all, with the weather it’s just one of those things.’