Hartlepool United boss fancied Pools to score at MK Dons

Mick Wadsworth
Mick Wadsworth

MICK Wadsworth insists that he always fancied James Poole to defy the odds and net the wonder goal which very nearly won the game at MK Dons.

The 21-year-old had only been on the pitch for three minutes when he received possession some 35 yards out before burning by two Dons defenders and lifting over David Martin to put Pools 2-1 up five minutes from the end.

But it wasn’t to be a winning intervention for the summer signing as Jabo Ibehre salvaged a point in the first minute of stoppage time.

“It’s a shame that Poolie’s goal wasn’t a winning one because it was a goal which deserved to win a football match,” Wadsworth told SportMail.

“I thought give him 10 or 15 minutes at the end because with his pace and ability he is a great outlet

“When he got the ball I thought he had a chance because we’ve seen in training and in pre-season that he’s a handful.

“When he starts running at people he’s so dangerous – that’s why he’s here.

“James reacts very quickly to bouncing, bobbling balls and was quicker than the centre-half.

“His goal showed a helluva lot of ability as well because he’s rocked them twice and he was falling down when he finished, so good on him.

“He’s got terrific ability and he’s definitely got goals in him.”

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