GARY Liddle admits that manager Mick Wadsworth was right to axe him from the team earlier this month – but now he’s back the midfielder insists he’s there to stay.
The 25-year-old suffered a drastic dip in form going into October and, given his importance to the side, it was no surprise to see Pools slump to a run of five defeats in six.
Things came to a head for Liddle prior to the Bonfire Night trip to Leyton Orient when he was told by Wadsworth that he’d been relegated to the substitutes’ bench.
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He was introduced at half-time at Brisbane Road and, after helping Pools to a 1-1 draw, he’s played every minute since.
His latest display was a trademark all-action showing in the middle of the park during Saturday’s 2-0 win at Scunthorpe United.
But Liddle concedes that he had no complaints following his removal from the starting line-up two week earlier.
“I don’t think anyone was playing well, not just me, and it was no coincidence that came with a run of poor results,” he told SportMail today.
“It’s a results business and the manager has got to do what he thinks best – whether that’s drop players, release them, buy them or loan them.
“He made the decision to leave me out but he did it because he thought it was for the best and I respect that.
“I was disappointed, though, and the manager understood that but it was the right thing to do at the time.
“I’ve been lucky enough that I’ve played a lot of games since I came to the club and I wasn’t used to being left out.
“But it was a difficult month in terms of form for me and you can have no complaints when you are left out.”
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