IF evidence was ever needed of how quickly things can change in football, then look no further than Hartlepool United’s Evan Horwood.
Six days ago the 26-year-old was a dropped left-back staring at a spell on the sidelines – 60 seconds later he was a goalscoring left-winger.
Subdued and sullen in the away-team dugout at Crewe Alexandra, Horwood was catapulted into the action after just eight minutes at Gresty Road, by the ninth he had found the back of the net.
His sudden introduction came following an injury to Andy Monkhouse – who will be out for six weeks – and Horwood is now set for a run in the side in his new position.
“I was sat on the bench thinking ‘I’m not going to get on today, left-backs don’t normally come on’, but then 60 seconds later I’d scored,” he laughed.
“I wasn’t too happy when I was dropped because I thought I’d been doing okay.
“I thought I’d changed people’s opinion on my defending.
“But obviously the gaffer has seen something different.
“It was a bit of a shock but the gaffer had to do something.
“I’m professional enough to realise he was trying to change things for the better, not to be nasty, and I respect that.”
Cooper, though, feels that Horwood’s attributes could be suited to a left-flank posting.
He’s quick, direct and has a wand of a left boot for starters.
However, the player himself remains sceptical.
“I’ve never had a run of games on the left-wing, I’ve only ever filled in there, so it’s a new challenge for me,” he said ahead of tomorrow’s League One clash with Doncaster Rovers.
“I’ve got to look at it as a positive and it could be another string to my bow.
“Only time will tell if I’m more suited to it.
“But it’s hard because you’re in and out of the game.
“I’ll give it my best shot and as long as I’m playing I’m happy.
“I’ve got to prove to the gaffer I can do a job there.
“And who knows, I might be better suited to that position after all.”