JAMES Poole believes that his match-winning double at Chesterfield has finally rid him of the ‘supersub’ tag, writes CRAIG HOPE.
And that is why the 21-year-old insists he won’t be giving up his starting jersey in a hurry.
Prior to Saturday’s game Poole had only ever scored when coming off the bench for Pools.
But he took his season’s tally to five with a brace in the 3-2 victory which lifted Mick Wadsworth’s to seventh in League One.
And the man-of-the-match told SportMail: “It’s important to score when I’m picked to start and not just coming off the bench.
“It’s always been the way with me that for some reason I’ve had more impact as a sub, but obviously I want that to change.
“I started last week against Wycombe, had chances, but didn’t score and I was disappointed, but you can’t dwell on it.
“As soon as last week was over, l TURN to Centre Pages
I focused on training and then Saturday’s game and it couldn’t have gone better for me and I thank the manager for keeping faith.
“But that’s what I’ve been waiting for, making that impact from the start and I think I’ve done enough to stay in the team.”
And what an impact it was.
Paul Murray had already equalised Leon Clarke’s early opener when Poole gathered possession some 25 yards from goal.
Having checked one way and then the other he decided to let fly with his left boot and watched as the ball fizzed into the far corner.
And he reflected: “For the first goal there wasn’t much on, I was only 20, 25 yards from goal and it was worth a go.
“I was looking around and there weren’t many options, only Andy Monkhouse, so if I hadn’t scored I would have got an earful!
“Thankfully this time it went inside the far post, I scored one similar for the reserves the other week so the confidence I got from that gave me the belief to go with it.”
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