Hartlepool Utd star at the double in Rochdale win

James Poole scores the first of his two goals against Rochdale. Picture by FRANK REID
James Poole scores the first of his two goals against Rochdale. Picture by FRANK REID
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JAMES Poole admits the elation of Saturday’s match-winning double at Rochdale was a far cry from the embarrassment of seven days earlier.

The 21-year-old suffered the ignominy of being brought on and then brought off after Pools squandered a two-goal lead to draw at Stevenage.

But it was a different story for the former Manchester City trainee at Spotland at the weekend.

On as a first-half replacement for the injured Colin Nish with the score at 1-1, Poole smashed home a stunning volley two minutes after the break before sealing the points with a nonchalant dink late in the game.

And the jubilant supersub told SportMail: “I’m delighted with the result and my goals, but I think the best word to sum up our emotion is relief.

“Last week was gutting for everyone. We weren’t good enough – personally and as a team.

“For me it was strange to be brought off after coming on and it’s something I’ve never experienced before and I don’t want to ever again.

“But Mick (Wadsworth) explained to me why he did it and I’ve got to just view it as a learning curve.

“Saturday, though, was the other end of the scale and it was just a brilliant performance and brilliant for me to get the goals.”

Full story in Monday’s Mail