MICK Wadsworth didn’t care for the beauty of two of his side’s three goals at Chesterfield, for all that mattered was the “hard earned” victory which halted a run of three straight defeats.
The manager had said in the build up to the game that it was “win ugly” time as Pools bid to arrest a slide which was threatening to ruin their club-record start to the season.
And, while Wadsworth got his wish of a hard-fought three points, the triumph arrived thanks in large part to a pair of first-half belters from Paul Murray and James Poole.
Murray, seizing on the loose ball from a free-kick, sent a looping, diving header into the back of the net from 22 yards before Poole smashed an unstoppable shot from similar distance.
Their double salvo, just two minutes apart, turned the tables on the hosts after Leon Clarke had given them a 10th-minute lead.
Poole added another shortly after half-time before Dean Holden ensured a tense finale when he scrambled home from close range on 52 minutes.
And Wadsworth reflected: “It was hard earned and well deserved.
“We knew it would be tough because they were desperate to get points.
“But from a decent start their goal came as a real surprise – it was their first entry into our box.
“But that gave us the kick up the backside we needed and from then on in we took the game to them.
“Paul Murray’s cleverness in seeing the opportunity was terrific.
“If you get the delivery right on that free-kick it’s such a difficult thing to clear.
“If you can tempt the keeper then that opportunity comes and credit to Paul for fantastic opportunism in heading it back in.
“Then Pooley did really well for us and our first two were great goals. But I don’t care what the goals are like because we’re back scoring and winning.
“We’ve had a barren three games where we only scored the one penalty.
“We did have chances last week against Wycombe and Pooley missed a couple. But on Saturday he carried his form from the training ground and reserves into the game and they were terrific goals.
“But how we won didn’t matter. It mattered that we got back on that winning track and now we start again.”
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