Hartlepool United boss Mick Wadsworth full of praise for players after Orient draw

Mick Wadsworth was pleased after the draw with Leyton Orient.

Mick Wadsworth was pleased after the draw with Leyton Orient.

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MICK Wadsworth praised the character of his players for emerging from what he admits was “a horrible period in which we rightly came in for criticism”.

The manager believes that Saturday’s determined display in the 1-1 draw at Leyton Orient has drawn a line under a run of five defeats in six matches.

Pools were forced to see out the final 20 minutes with 10 men following Paul Murray’s dismissal at Brisbane Road, but they had bossed their hosts prior to the red card.

Neil Austin’s second-half penalty cancelled out Dean Cox’s first-half opener, which had come against the run of play.

The much-improved performance arrived on the back of a players’ meeting in which they had pledged to turn the dismal form around.

And Wadsworth believes his men have restored pride to the team.

“I must say I’m proud of the players,” the first-team coach told SportMail. “It’s been a horrible period for us and we’ve rightly come in for criticism.

“But I always had faith in them and they’ve shown a great determination to get us out of that run.”

Full story in today’s Sportmail.