Mick Wadsworth feels selection calls were vindicated

Gary Liddle (left) and Nathan Luscombe (after his goal) who both scored against Exeter City.. Hartlepool United V Exeter City 2-0 03-09-2011. Photograph by FRANK REID
Gary Liddle (left) and Nathan Luscombe (after his goal) who both scored against Exeter City.. Hartlepool United V Exeter City 2-0 03-09-2011. Photograph by FRANK REID
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MICK Wadsworth believes his tough selection calls were vindicated as his side strode into the League One play-off places following the weekend win over Exeter City.

The manager made five changes to the team which was knocked out of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy during the week.

Reinstated following injury lay-offs were Antony Sweeney (right), Nobby Solano and Colin Nish, Paul Murray returned after a rest and new signing Stephen Wright was handed his debut.

Andy Monkhouse and Steve Haslam were the two surprise omissions, while young duo Nathan Luscombe and James Poole also had to settle for a place on the bench.

But Wadsworth got his team selection spot-on, Solano, Sweeney and Nish all instrumental in the build-up to Gary Liddle’s fourth-minute opener, while his three substitutes – Monkhouse, Poole and Luscombe – combined for the crucial second, Luscombe the man on target.

And the beaming boss told SportMail today: “It’s about picking the right players for the moment and getting it right.

“I had some decisions to make before the game and I’d like to think the result and the performance shows we got them right.

“We left Andy Monkhouse out, but Sweeney came in and did a fantastic job out there on the left.

“For the first goal, Nobby saw Sweens come off his perch out wide and his pass was exquisite – we’d worked on those diagonal balls during the week because we knew we’d get some joy out of them.

“And then Andy comes on and does a fantastic job as sub, both defensively and in creating the goal that clinched victory.

“All three subs combined for it, Poolie found Andy who put Nathan in and it was a terrific finish. But the strength of the team was fantastic and it shows the competition we’ve got.”

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