JAMES Poole and Nathan Luscombe started together for the first time in the league this season at the weekend – and manager Mick Wadsworth believes the pair could now be ready for a stay in the team.
The Pools boss has shown caution in his early-season use of the 21-year-olds, both of whom were summer signings having been released by Premier League clubs.
But on Saturday at Chesterfield’s B2Net Stadium Luscombe was handed his full league debut while Poole started for just the third time.
And it was the latter who proved the match-winner, smashing a stunning first-half effort from range before heading a second after half-time to ensure a 3-2 victory.
“James’s first goal was terrific and he’s got that in his locker,” Wadsworth told SportMail.
“He can really smash a ball with both feet. He just had a quick look and it was wonderful.
“His second was a bit more routine but it was a very good header.”
Luscombe, meanwhile, played for just over an hour on the right flank and did enough to suggest he’ll retain his place for tomorrow’s visit of Tranmere Rovers.
“I thought Nathan did very well,” said Wadsworth.
“He’s so positive that he wants to do something every time he’s on the ball.
“Sometimes, though, he needs that experience just to do the simple things.
“He did some great things in the first half then right on half-time he played a silly, little ball on halfway and we ended up defending a corner in the last minute.
“Sometimes you’ve got to play percentage football but I thought he did well and I’m very pleased with him.”
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