Hartlepool United boss Mick Wadsworth believes James Poole’s form reflects team’s baffling results

James Pools mounts an attack against Yeovil. Picture by FRANK REID
James Pools mounts an attack against Yeovil. Picture by FRANK REID
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MICK Wadsworth believes that the contrasting form of James Poole is a “micro picture” of Hartlepool United’s baffling results.

The 21-year-old failed to emerge for the second half during Saturday’s 1-0 defeat at home to Yeovil Town.

Wadsworth admits that the change – which saw Adam Boyd introduced – was purely tactical, with Poole having endured a frustrating first half as his side struggled to create anything on the front foot.

The summer signing, though, is yet to score at Victoria Park this season – each of his five strikes have come on the road – and Wadsworth says that is symptomatic of Pools’ recent problems.

He explained: “James came off at half-time because we needed to keep the ball better.

“In many ways James is almost a reflection of the whole situation here.

“I’m not being unfair to him, he will be a very good player for this club and the fans can see that.

“But his away performances compared to home are a stark difference.”

Read more of Wadsworth’s thoughts on James Poole, plus a match report and comments, in today’s Sportmail.