Match of the Day: Rugged Hartlepool United re-write form book back in February 2009

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BEFORE the match away to Colchester United kicked off, Pools had only managed 11 points from their previous 15 away games – and the prospect of that continuing would have seen Chris Turner’s men become embroiled in a relegation scrap.

But a gutsy performance away to Colchester ensued, and Hartlepool stopped the rot with a decent away point to keep them far enough away from the drop zone to ease the pressure on the players.

Sam Collins in action against East Thurrock United. Picture by FRANK REID

Sam Collins in action against East Thurrock United. Picture by FRANK REID

Turner was especially pleased given he had to play a patched-up strike force.

Michael Mackay and Lewis Guy were partnered up front at Colchester, and did a decent job as Pools continued to ease their relegation woes.

The display of on-loan Doncaster striker Guy, in particular, was a welcome relief for Turner, who had gone into the game without four of his strikers – Joel Porter, Rune Lange, James Brown and Daniel Nardiello.

They were all ruled out by injury, and it left Turner sending out an appeal for cavalry.

Lewis got in good positions on this occasion, we are a bit lightweight in striking positions right now, and we are looking at our options

Chris Turner, former Pools manager

Turner told SportMail: “Lewis Guy was one of our better players at Swindon last week because of the work he put in.

“He helped out defensively and was up and down all night.

“He got in good positions on this occasion, we are a bit lightweight in striking positions right now, and we are looking at our options.

“Let’s see what we can do.”

Guy was relieved at delivering on his vow to be the dangerman down the middle.

The 23-year-old said: “Based on my performances and what the lads have been telling me, I think I am better down the middle.”

l Pools: Lee-Barrett, Sweeney, Collins, Nelson, Humphreys, Jones, Liddle, Clark, Monkhouse, Guy, Mackay. Attendance: 5,158.