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