MICK Wadsworth admits that the midweek performance of makeshift centre-back Armann Bjornsson has eased his defensive worries.
The 30-year-old Icelandic international partnered Peter Hartley for the second game running during Tuesday's goalless draw at Bristol Rovers - skipper Sam Collins again absent because of a knee injury.
The pair were up against livewire front two Will Hoskins and Jo Kuffour, a diminutive duo whose movement and turn of foot can prove troublesome for even the most nimble of defenders.
But Bjornsson, a centre-forward by trade, produced arguably one of his best displays since moving to the North East from SK Brann in 2009.
So much so, the 6ft 7ins star again looks set to get the nod at the back when Pools venture to Peterborough United on Saturday.
Boss Wadsworth told SportMail: "I don't think Sam will be too far away, but on a performance like that it would be very difficult to say to Armann 'sorry mate, you're not playing on Saturday', because I thought he did really, really well.
"He was playing against quick, tricky players and that was different for him because he wasn't up against a big guy.
"He hasn't played too many games and I know he's got his critics, but I've seen him play in the reserves at centre-half and if he gets the games under his belt he'll be okay there – I thought he was terrific against Bristol."
Read the full story in Thursday's Hartlepool Mail ... And make sure to get Friday's paper for all the best pre-match build-up ahead of Saturday's trip to Peterborough United