Marlon Harewood can spearhead Hartlepool United at York City if Hugill is out

ON THE ATTACK: Marlon Harewood in action for Hartlepool United against Southend United. Picture by FRANK REID

ON THE ATTACK: Marlon Harewood in action for Hartlepool United against Southend United. Picture by FRANK REID

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MARLON Harewood is ready to spearhead Hartlepool United’s fight for survival.

The veteran striker will be on stand-by for Saturday’s critical League Two trip to York City should Jordan Hugill be ruled out after taking a bang in the eye in yesterday’s 1-0 defeat to Southend United.

I was very pleased with him, he held the ball up, chased, won a lot of headers, backed into their lads

Ronnie Moore

The on-loan Preston forward was hurt in the opening seconds and could not continue due to blurred vision. Pools boss Ronnie Moore hopes Hugill will be OK by the weekend, but knows if the 22-year-old does not make it that Harewood is up for the battle – right up for it.

Harewood produced one of his best displays in a blue & white jersey and won the praise of his manager.

“He had a bang on the head and couldn’t see properly out of his left eye,” said Moore.

“We’ll just have to wait and see what comes back from the eye specialist. Hopefully, it’s not serious.

“But Marlon has come on and done great – that’s what we know Maz has the capability of doing.

“I was very pleased with him, he held the ball up, chased, won a lot of headers, backed into their lads.

“Their keeper made an unbelievable save in the first half from Maz.

“From the bench, we were right behind it and that was going in the bottom corner.

“I think the one [chance] near the end was even better when their keeper and defender collided.

“If he’d have gambled I think he’d have scored.

“I don’t think he thought Scott [Harrison] was going to win the flick.

“It was disappointing to lose Jordan very early because he’d have been a handful, there is no doubt about that.

“But I was pleasantly surprised by Marlon, he did very well.”

Should Hugill get the all-clear, it is almost certain he will start at Bootham Crescent alongside the again-lively Jonathan Franks.

But Moore saw promise in the Harewood-Franks partnership and then later Harewood and Harrison when the manager threw the young defender up top.

“Him and Franksy had a nice little partnership going and then in the second half when I put Scott up front, they had a nice combination going too,” said Moore.