Craig Harrison reveals why he hauled off Jack Munns to cut the Hartlepool winger’s debut short

Hartlepool United's Jack Munns.
Hartlepool United's Jack Munns.

One of Hartlepool’s stars of pre-season Jack Munns was hauled off at the break on his competitive debut for the club.

Manager Craig Harrison has revealed why he decided to withdraw debutant Munns, as well as another one of Pools stand-out summer performers Michael Woods, after just 45 minutes of the club’s 1-0 National League opening day loss to Dover Athletic at the Vic.

We weren’t as good as we were in pre-season but we have the chance to improve

“It’s always harsh on two lads who go off,” said Harrison of his decisoin to throw on Rhys Oates and Jake Cassidy at half-time.

“But the truth is we needed to change things tactically.

“The idea behind the changes was that we needed to get the ball out more to the wide areas.

“I think that we did that in the second-half.

“I felt we needed to be a bit braver and go 4-4-2 to occupy their back two and we did reasonably well second half.

“We weren’t as good as we were in pre-season, but we have the chance to improve that against Macclesfield tonight.”

Whether Munns, Woods, Oates or Cassidy get the nod tonight is questionable, with Harrison keeping his cards close to his chest.

But, whoever plays, the manager is keen for his players to take the opportunity to bounce back this evening.

He said: “We want an improvement. The last thing is to go a while without a game and we won’t be negative. We make sure this is gone, we look why this result happened and I’m never one for being too emotional after games, we will look back it and break it down and see where we will be better.”