‘Hartlepool Utd will give some team a hammering soon’

Jack Baldwin. Picture by FRANK REID
Jack Baldwin. Picture by FRANK REID

JACK Baldwin’s words may come as surprise to some, but to others they may appear refreshingly bullish.

“We’ll give someone a hammering one day,” the teenage defender declared ahead of tomorrow’s visit of fourth-placed Crawley Town.

Baldwin is adamant that, when Pools do click into gear, the frustration of this season’s struggles will come spilling out.

“Everyone just needs to click together,” the 19-year-old told SportMail, “I can’t explain why it isn’t really happening for us right now.

“At times we could be better going forward but when we get chances we have to take them.

“If we can do that then one day we’ll give someone a hammering, that’s what I honestly think.

“Things just aren’t dropping for us.

“We just need a day like Carlisle last season (4-0 win) where things falls for us.

“Hopefully that will come sooner rather than later because we need it.”

Baldwin himself had a chance to bag his first senior goal during Tuesday night’s 1-0 defeat at Leyton Orient when he followed up the rebound from a Steve Howard header, which had crashed against the crossbar.

And the southerner reflected: “I was trying to explain to my parents what happened because they were asking about that chance.

“It was difficult – it bounced out and I tried to head it on goal but the spin on the ball took it too high.

“That’s the way our luck is at the moment though.”

While Baldwin was unfortunate to see that opening pass without score, he accepts culpability for the goal which saw Orient take victory, Ryan Brunt peeling from his shoulder to head home in the second half.

“I held my hands up for that,” he said.

“I got caught out.

“I know what I’ve got to do to change it and I’ve spoken with Micky (Barron) and Neale (Cooper) about it.

“I sometimes get attracted to the space, trying to anticipate where the ball will go.

“But I’ve been caught out and I need to work on it.

“Other than that I’m happy with my form and I’ve just got to keep that up for as long as I can.”