Hartlepool Utd boss targets Sheffield Utd win and long run in Carling Cup

Hartlepool United manager Mick Wadsworth

Hartlepool United manager Mick Wadsworth

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MICK Wadsworth would readily welcome an extended stay in the Carling Cup – not least to keep his game-thirsty squad happy.

Pools welcome Sheffield United to Victoria Park for tonight’s First Round clash (kick off 7.30pm).

And Wadsworth, rather than sound caution about too many games amid the rigours of League One, says that progression to the next stage is “an absolute priority”.

“This is as good a game as you could ask for in some ways – a big club at home,” he told SportMail ahead of the visit of former Pools boss Danny Wilson’s men.

“I’m sure it’s one our fans are looking forward to and I know the players are too.

“It’s absolutely our priority to win the match and to stay in the competition for as long as possible.

“That’s especially important this season when we’ve got a squad of players, including the younger lads, who are desperate for game time.

“The reduction in the number of subs from seven to five this year means there will be a few disappointed lads each week who might not even make the bench.

“So, for now, we’re in a good position to deal with extra games and we’ll be giving it a damn good go against a very good side to make it through.”

Full story in Tuesday’s Mail