Mick Wadsworth’s “nasty boys” showing no signs of letting up

Mick Wadsworth gives instruction from the sidelines during the game against Scunthorpe. Picture by FRANK REID
Mick Wadsworth gives instruction from the sidelines during the game against Scunthorpe. Picture by FRANK REID
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MICK Wadsworth believes his “nasty boys” are showing no signs of letting up after clawing their way to third in League One, writes CRAIG HOPE.

Goals from Nobby Solano and Evan Horwood saw Pools come from behind to claim a 2-1 win at Bournemouth on Saturday, extending their club-record unbeaten start to the season to nine matches.

Wadsworth, a shoo-in now for the league’s monthly manager prize, is still somewhat reluctant to talk up his side’s lofty standing.

But nonetheless he admits he doesn’t see their undefeated run coming to an end any time soon.

“There’s a tenacity and a nastiness about the players now, and I mean that in the right sense,” he said after watching his team recover from a poor first half to earn a fifth win on the bounce.

“The lads were ripping into each other at half-time on Saturday, which I like.

“If someone’s not doing the business then they get told by their peers.

“To do that it’s about confidence in each other and they’ve got that. They were maybe a little bit timid beforehand.

“But it’s certainly working and it’s been a hallmark start, to come from behind at the weekend was particularly pleasing.

“Now we keep it going, the challenge every week is to get better and there’s certainly a lot of things, especially from the first-half on Saturday, which we can do better.”

He added: “What we can achieve? Who knows?

“It’s five wins on the bounce now, which is brilliant, and nine unbeaten.

“At Carlisle I went 20-21 games without losing so it can be done and we’ve put ourselves in a fantastic position to do that.

“There’s a real desire among these boys and, as a coach, I find that very heartening.”

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