Hartlepool United’s stars warned by coach Micky Barron to improve – or be dropped to reserves

Mickey Barron and Neale Cooper shout instruction from the side lines. Picture by FRANK REID
Mickey Barron and Neale Cooper shout instruction from the side lines. Picture by FRANK REID

MICKY Barron admits some of Hartlepool United’s senior stars could face up to “a month in the reserves” if they don’t take the chance to impress manager Neale Cooper.

The Pools coach was disappointed with the contribution from some of his more experienced players during yesterday’s 1-0 second-string defeat to Rotherham United.

Barron started with former first-team strike pairing Colin Nish and Adam Boyd in attack for the game at Billingham Town’s Bedford Terrace.

And he has revealed that boss Cooper has challenged that front duo, as well as midfielder Nathan Luscombe, to prove they are worthy of a senior recall ahead of a busy League One period.

But Barron believes the Scot will need to see more persuasive performances than the ones he witnessed yesterday afternoon.

“It thought it was pretty poor, enough of them didn’t play well and that’s disappointing, especially when the manager has given them an incentive before the game,” the former Pools captain told SportMail today.

Read full article, plus a report on the reserves’ game, in today’s Sportmail.

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