GARY Waddock said his Wycombe side need to understand they are playing for their careers starting at home to Hartlepool this weekend.

The Blues boss has been left frustrated by the way the season has panned out with the club stuck at the bottom of League One and facing an uphill task to avoid relegation.

While the mood among fans is one of resignation, Waddock is refusing to throw in the towel and has told his players they have plenty to fight for still.

“It is hard for everybody,” he said. “It is hard for the players and the supporters and everybody at the club. There is enough games and enough points left and we have to fight until the bitter end and that starts on Saturday.

“There is a lot to play for, in my opinion. There is personal pride, careers and contracts and putting on a performance in front of the home fans.

“Everyone is playing for their careers and that should be a big enough incentive.”

Hartlepool visit Adams Park on Saturday in the middle of a decent run with one defeat in seven league games and hoping to name an unchanged side for the fifth game in a row.

That side should include 17-year-old Luke James who has caught the eye in midfield and Waddock is expecting a tough test against the Monkey Hangers.

He said: “They have had a very good season and last week they had a good result. We expect a very difficult game and I am sure they will be expecting the same. He (James ) is a talented player so we will have to keep an eye on him.”

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