Hartlepool United’s James Poole says run without a goal until Oldham Athletic game was ‘awful’

James Poole wants to go on a goal-scoring streak for Pools. Picture by FRANK REID
James Poole wants to go on a goal-scoring streak for Pools. Picture by FRANK REID
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JAMES Poole admits there was no bigger critic than himself during the first goal drought of his fledgling career.

A nine-match barren spell was brought to an end on Boxing Day when the 21-year-old fired the only goal during the victory at Oldham Athletic

That strike, as well as the win – a first in five attempts for Pools – was met with relief by Poole, who had started to ask questions of his own contribution during a two-month spell without a goal.

Now, though, he believes he could be set for a lucrative run in front of the posts as he bids to finish the campaign as Pools’ top marksman during his first full season as a professional.

“Every striker wants to be scoring goals because you know that is what you’re judged by – by fans, your team-mates and even yourself,” he admitted to SportMail.

“You can’t explain how frustrating it is when you’re not scoring – it’s awful.”

Read more of James Poole’s thoughts in today’s Sportmail.