Hartlepool boss Mick Wadsworth praises Ritchie Humphreys for putting himself up for subsitution

Ritchie Humphreys offered to be substituted against Leyton Orient. Photograph by FRANK REID
Ritchie Humphreys offered to be substituted against Leyton Orient. Photograph by FRANK REID

MICK Wadsworth has praised the professionalism of Ritchie Humphreys after revealing his player-coach put himself up for substitution last weekend.

The 33-year-old looks set to keep his place in the side when Pools take on Stevenage in the FA Cup First Round at Victoria Park on Saturday.

But Humphreys was happy to sacrifice himself at half-time during last Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Leyton Orient following a testing first half up against livewire winger George Porter.

The change in tactic worked as Pools came from a goal down to claim a share of the spoils.

Wadsworth, though, says the withdrawal was no reflection of Humphreys’ all-round game and was rather a necessity given the threat of Porter.

“Last weekend’s half-time change was difficult but it was similar to the game at Carlisle when Ritchie again agreed it was best to take him off,” the Pools boss told SportMail today.

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