Hartlepool striker Marlon Harewood not doing enough to warrant start

Sam Collins. Picture by FRANK REID
Sam Collins. Picture by FRANK REID

MARLON Harewood is not doing enough to warrant a place in the Hartlepool United first team according to caretaker boss Sam Collins.

The experienced striker has not featured in any of the squads since Collins took over as interim boss following Colin Cooper’s resignation.

Collins said he picks his side based on how they perform in training every day at Maiden Castle, in Durham.

“Marlon needs to show me he deserves to come back into the side,” said Collins at this morning’s pre-match press conference head of Cambridge United away on Saturday.

“I’ve not seen that since I’ve been in charge.

“I judge people from what I see every day in training.”

The Pools manager added he is was still “hurting” after the 3-1 defeat at Accrington Stanley on Tuesday night.

Collins added: “I’ve watched it a couple of times again and it’s really disappointing.

“There’s not a lot in the game, not a great deal happening in the game and then you have to make sure you keep it tight and don’t give goals away to start with.

“Then we did have a few good moments in the game where, with a bit of quality in front of goal, could have scored more.

“But that doesn’t take away the fact that we gave poor goals away – things we worked on, things we spoke about and I’m just as angry now as I was on Tuesday night.

“The players know that. It’s my job at this moment in time to be in charge and I’ve told them my feelings again this morning.

“We have just watched a 20 minute DVD of Cambridge so we make sure we do basics better- being hard to beat for a start.”

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