Hartlepool boss Mick Wadsworth implores his players ‘Do you care about Hartlepool United?’ after Charlton defeat

Mick Wadsworth with his head down during the closing stages of the game. Picture by FRANK REID
Mick Wadsworth with his head down during the closing stages of the game. Picture by FRANK REID
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MICK Wadsworth will today ask his players if they actually do care about Hartlepool United.

The manager is at a loss to offer reasons for a run of four straight home defeats, the latest Saturday’s 4-0 drubbing at the hands of league leaders Charlton Athletic.

The slump is in danger of plunging Pools into trouble at the wrong end of League One and Wadsworth admits he is thankful for the early-season points haul.

And, when the squad reconvene at Maiden Castle today, the first-team coach will demand to know if his men have the heart to resurrect their faltering campaign.

“In everything that I have done in my life, all the people I’ve met and all the tough times I’ve been through, the one thing that sees you through is strength of character and personality. Talent is of second nature,” he told SportMail.

“Hartlepool always has been a tough town, a tough team, a tough area and I’m disappointed that we aren’t like that.

“We have to show character and personality as that’s what brings success.”

Read more of Wadsworth’s comments in today’s Sportmail.