Hartlepool’s Craig Harrison has a selection headache ahead of Maidenhead clash

Blair Adams
Blair Adams

Craig Harrison admits he’s got a selection headache ahead of Hartlepool United’s trip to Maidenhead tomorrow.

The manager is toying with the idea of playing summer signing Blair Adams from the off, after the left-sided player produced a decent cameo off the bench in the 1-1 draw at Maccelsfield.

A left-back by trade, Adams was thrown into the side in a more advanced role at Moss Rose on Tuesday night.

And Harrison admits to being impressed by the balance it gave to his four-man midfield.

“He has given me something to think about,” said Harrison ahead of the trip to York Road.

“He has come on out of position on the left wing and he has done well - it just gave us a little more balance.

“We will see how he is feeling and see if he has any reaction to the injury he had. If not I will have a good headache.”

Harrison could give Adams the nod, which could see him potentially replacing Liam Donnelly or Jack Munns – if Harrison sticks with his 4-4-2 plan.

“As a manager you want to be in a position where you have so many players playing well and you have to have tricky conversations,” he explained.

“I want to be able to turn to my bench and have options. I am a big believer in horses for courses. We have to be tactically flexible and we have players who know their roles and can play in a number of formations.

“I want stability long-term, but for now it is good to have the options on the table.

“Blair got an injury before the start of the season - one of our better players in pre-season.

“Liam has done a job out there, he is not left footed but has been excellent.

“It is about having players capable of stepping in and we have that.

“It is not about those in the team working hard to keep their places and those out of it doing working hard to get back in.”

While Adams is a slight doubt, Harrison also gave an update on the rest of the Pools squad prior to the trip south.

It is unlikely that the manager will be able to call on the services of Rhys Oates or Jamie George, both of whom are carrying knocks.

Devante Rodney is still a few weeks away from being fit enough to start a game, having missed a two-week chunk of the summer schedule, while Jake Cassidy is still feeling some pain after a heavy challenge in the closing minutes of the Macclesfield draw.

“Jake Cassidy was not right to start last week, he now has a game and a half under his belt and a goal - hopefully he will be OK, he took a heavy knock,” said the Pools boss.

“Devante’s fitness is coming up. Every day he is getting better. He missed two weeks this summer but has now almost finished his pre-season. Rhys Oates and Jamie George are the only two who are out and they are not too far away.”