Hartlepool Utd’s Jack Compton Hopes Stanley win is first of many

Jack Compton in action against Accrington Stanley. Picture by FRANK REID
Jack Compton in action against Accrington Stanley. Picture by FRANK REID

WINGER Jack Compton got to celebrate his first SkyBet League Two win since his move to Hartlepool United – and hopes it is the start of things to come.

Pools had hoped the 5-0 Johnstone’s Paint Trophy trouncing of Bradford City would prove a turning point, only for Wycombe Wanderers to come to Victoria Park four days later and take a 2-1 victory.

But Pools have ended their wait for a League Two win after beating Accrington Stanley 2-1 in the bottom of the table showdown.

And the 25-year-old said: “It was a great feeling and I was over the moon.

“We deserved it – we really should have been three or four up.

“Hopefully now we’ve got our first league win we can kick on.

“We said that after Bradford but, definitely, this time we can do it.”

It was Compton’s seventh straight league appearance since his summer move to the Vic.

He initiated the move which led to the second goal, finished superbly by Andy Monkhouse.

Compton set up a great chance which Jonathan Franks squandered in the second half and should have had a goal himself after being set up by Matty Dolan, only to go down tamely in the box.

Neither resulted in goals but it was a day of promise for Compton and Franks.

“I didn’t think I played as well as I have in previous games but Franksy was absolutely on fire,” said the left-footer.

“He was getting balls in the box and he scored a goal – he probably could have had a hat-trick to be honest.

“He should have buried my assist and I gave him some stick about that.”

The missed opportunities gave Accrington a glimmer of hope as Compton admitted, making the final quarter of the game more nervy than it should have been.

“Once they got their goal, it gave them a lifeline and they piled on the pressure in the last 20 minutes,” said Compton who was pleased with the spirit the side showed to hold on.

“We should really have had the game killed off in the second half.

“We needed to do what we did against Bradford and, if we had, we would have been cruising, we could have got six or seven.

“Once their goal went in, the crowd became a bit anxious and they probably wondered ‘are we going to crumble?’.

“But we didn’t and credit to the back four, everyone showed how much we wanted that first league win and thank goodness we got it.”