MICK Wadsworth will breathe a sigh of relief today as Hartlepool United retreat to the shadows away from the media spotlight.
Pools were soundly beaten by Notts County in front of the live Sky Sports cameras on Sunday.
The 3-0 reverse came amid a dismal display and Wadsworth admits it was his side’s worst performance of a previously impressive campaign.
A nine-match unbeaten start had courted attention from various national press outlets and the arrival of the BBC’s Football League Show at Victoria Park earlier this month coincided with Pools’ first defeat of the season against Sheffield Wednesday.
Last week again saw several broadcast and written journalists descend on Maiden Castle ahead of the televised trip to Meadow Lane.
But Wadsworth is more than happy if that attention wanes over the coming matches.
“Maybe now the radar will move away from Hartlepool a little bit and we can get back to working hard,” he told SportMail as preparations began this morning for Saturday’s visit of Wycombe Wanderers.
“There’s been a lot of attention on us the past couple of weeks.
“I know you have to deal with that if you’re doing well but it’s nice to be able to get back under the radar and quietly become efficient again.
“We’d had an excellent start, just going about our business, and we were getting things right.
“Now we’ve got to pick that up and go again because we’ve had too good a start to let things slip.”
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