Flat-mates James Poole and Jack Baldwin on target in Pools win at Portsmouth

James Poole celebrates his goal against Portsmouth. Picture by FRANK REID
James Poole celebrates his goal against Portsmouth. Picture by FRANK REID
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FROM flat-mates to Frat-mates, James Poole admits it was a happy household after he and best pal Jack Baldwin netted in the 3-1 win at Portsmouth.

The pair, who share an apartment in Hartlepool Marina, fired Pools into a two-goal lead at Fratton Park on Saturday, Baldwin heading an 18th-minute opener before Poole drove emphatically into the top corner seven minutes after the break.

It takes the duo onto two goals apiece for the season, and Poole says he can’t let his midfield mate get too far ahead.

“It’s nice that we’re both on the scoresheet and it’s part of a win as well,” said the 22-year-old striker.

“I’ve taught Jack a couple of things on finishing so he’s got me to thank I think.

“When he got that first he moved ahead of me for the season, so I thought I best stick one in.

“But that’s two in two for him now and he’s racing away a bit, I better not let him get too far ahead.”

Poole’s goal was right out of the top drawer, racing clear before displaying the composure to lift high into the net.

And he reflected: “I had a bit too much time – they are often the hardest ones because everything goes through your mind.

“It just shows I work hard in training and I do everything at match tempo – when you do that it pays dividends at the weekend.”

But the former Manchester City trainee admits he should have had more.

“I should definitely have had two – Franksy laid one off to me and the keeper pulled off a good save,” he went on.

“But I’ve got the ability to score in that situation and I know if I keep on getting chances then I’ll put them away.”

The victory takes Pools to within 10 points of safety, and Poole knows how important it was to take maximum points from their drop-zone adversaries.

“It was a massive win for us,” he said.

“It has come at a great time because the games are starting to come thick and fast.

“When you keep on losing it gets to you mentally and it affects you.

“But we saw on Saturday how we all worked for each other.

“The subs who came on worked so hard for us and it was a real team effort.”

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