Match of the Day: Hartlepool lose sixth successive home match back in November 2011

Antony Sweeney  in action. Photograph by FRANK REID
Antony Sweeney in action. Photograph by FRANK REID

A LACKLUSTRE performance against Yeovil Town resulted in a sixth successive home defeat for Mick Wadsworth’s Hartlepool United side.

It left the gaffer scratching his head in disbelief at his side’s lack of form at Victoria Park.

How the Hartlepool Mail reported the 1-0 home defeat to Yeovil Town.

How the Hartlepool Mail reported the 1-0 home defeat to Yeovil Town.

Not only was the 1-0 loss a club record for successive home defeats, the failure to find the back of the net meant in almost 10 hours of football on home turf the side had scored just one goal - a consolation penalty.

When Wadsworth spoke to the Mail, he refused to mask the severity of the situation.

He said: “We have got a huge problem which we have to solve and we have to change things. This run is scary.

“We’ve got one of the best away records in the league but one of the worst at home - I have never seen anything like it in all my time in football.

“We have to get back to what we were doing - there’s no magic wand.

“It is not a situation that calls for artistic merit, but one for spirit, character, strength and belief. We are having a horrible run of home results and not functioning how we should be.”

Midfielder Antony Sweeney - who has since left for pastures new at Carlisle United - held his hands up and said Yeovil’s winning goal came from his mistake. The midfielder was outdone by Yeovil defender Bondz N’Gala in the first half as he rose to head the game’s only goal direct from a corner-kick.

In the Pools side that day was Paul Murray, who now spends his time in the manager’s dugout at Victoria Park.

Pools: Flinders, Austin, Wright, Hartley, Horwood, Solano, Liddle, Murray, Sweeney, Monkhouse, Poole. Subs: Rafferty, Haslam, Luscombe, Humphreys, Boyd. Attendance: 4,604 (55 away)