HARTLEPOOL United starlet Jack Baldwin admits it hasn’t been an ideal start to the season – but is looking forward to putting that right against Southend United tomorrow (kick-off 3pm).
The 20-year-old defender concedes that results – defeats at Rochdale, in the league, and Nottingham Forest, in the League Cup – have been poor.
But Baldwin sees reason for optimism as Pools prepare to bring up the curtain on their home campaign.
“I think results don’t look too good from the two games, but we have to build on what we have been doing,” he told SportMail.
“There’s things we have looked at to take from the games.
“It was a shock at Rochdale last Saturday for us all, the way it ended.
“But we sat and watched the highlights back and there was plenty of good things to take from it – we could have been one-up and that would have been a different game.
“It wasn’t as bad as the scoreline read.
“So it’s been an up and down start, some good some bad.”
Manager Colin Cooper believes Pools have been found wanting at both ends of the park, and that is something Baldwin echoes.
“It’s about being better in both penalty areas, we need to be hard to beat but have to take the chances at the other end when they come,” he went on.
“That will come and hopefully it will tomorrow.
“This is a big game for us all after the opening results.
“You can see why people feel that way, but we’ve also got to remember that it’s only our third game and there’s so many more to come.
“But of course a win would be nice for us all, to start off on a good footing at home.
“We are trying to do the right things and play the way the gaffer wants us to do, it’s a game we are all looking forward to.
“We owe the home fans something after last season.”