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MICKY Barron couldn’t get too angry with his second-string despite last night’s six-goal mauling at Elland Road.

The Whites included eight senior squad members in their starting line-up – one of which, Scotland international Ross McCormack, helped himself to four goals.

In contrast, Pools fielded half a dozen youngsters who are yet to taste first-team action, and Barron says the gulf in class was evident.

“Sometimes you’ve just got to put your hands up and say you were beaten by a better side,” he told SportMail today.

“They had a lot of quality players out there, none more so than McCormack who is a proven Championship-level striker.

“Because of that I couldn’t really get angry with the lads, especially when we had a relatively young team out.”

The damage was done inside 18 minutes, Sanchez Watt hammering home the opener, McCormack rounding Andy Rafferty for the second and skipper Adam Clayton curling a free-kick into the back of the net to complete the early treble.

Full story in today’s Mail.