Horwood faces old Hartlepool Utd pal in Leyton Orient clash

Evan Horwood
Evan Horwood

EVAN Horwood will be up against former team-mate Leon McSweeney tomorrow afternoon – but any jokes between the pair will be confined to before the game.

The Irishman left Victoria Park at the end of last season when the club decided against offering him a new deal.

He was quickly snapped up by tomorrow’s opponents Leyton Orient and has nailed down a place in the side in recent weeks.

Dressing-room joker McSweeney was a popular character at the Vic and Horwood admits he was sad to see his friend depart.

The 28-year-old has been used in a right-back berth for Russell Slade’s side this season and that means he’ll come up against Horwood at Brisbane Road.

And the Pools left-back is looking forward to locking horns with his old pal.

“I’ve already text him and I’ll be playing against him because he’s been in at right-back for them recently,” explained Horwood.

“I really got on with Leon – he was brilliant around the place and he was a good lad to have in the dressing room.

“He was a bit of a joker but was a good player as well and I’m glad he’s doing well now.

“But now we’ve got Nobby Solano who’s replaced Leon and he’s a bit of a character as well.

“So it’ll be nice to see him but we’re desperate for the points so I won’t mind if he’s not speaking to me afterwards.”

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