Paul Murray praises graft of new Hartlepool United signing

WORK ETHIC: Scott Fenwick. Picture by FRANK REID
WORK ETHIC: Scott Fenwick. Picture by FRANK REID
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SCOTT Fenwick’s work ethic will help him became a firm fans favourite at Hartlepool United, according to manager Paul Murray.

The 24-year-old certainly got off to a great start, scoring after 27 minutes of his full professional debut against York City at Victoria Park on Saturday.

Sadly, his dream day turned sour after the interval with Pools collapsing to a 3-1 defeat to the Minstermen leaving them six points adrift of safety.

Fenwick was one of the bright spots, not just for his goal, but also for his hard work and no-nonsense approach to the York defence.

Their back line certainly knew they had been in a battle with Fenwick and strike partner Marlon Harewood bullying their way through the opening 45 minutes.

The Gateshead-born frontman couldn’t have hoped for an easier goal to get him off the mark either, after good work from Harewood found him free three-yards out with the goal gaping.

“It was a great moment for Scott,” said Murray.

“It was his home debut, he scored and he had another chance with a right foot and then a header as well.

“He will be kicking himself about that but overall it was a good debut and I thought the crowd warmed to him.

“It was just simple hard work and a good work ethic.”

Murray had no qualms handing Fenwick his first start since signing from non-league Dunston UTS after impressing in training and in several reserve matches.

The Pools manager revealed afterwards that he had made a point of speaking to Fenwick on the morning of the match in a bid to ease his nerves ahead of his Victoria Park debut.

Although naturally confident, Fenwick was still making his full professional bow after being plucked from the Northern League.

“I rang him on Saturday morning to tell him just to relax,” said Murray.

“He has a natural scoring ability and gets in the right place at the right time.

“But he also works really hard which the crowd appreciate.

“Giving your full tilt for the full 90 minutes, he gave us that, although he did tire towards the end.”

With Charlie Wyke missing out with a knee injury before his return to parent club Middlesbrough following a three-month loan spell, Murray opted to partner Fenwick and Harewood together.

He was pleased with their impact, with Fenwick scoring and York City boss Russ Wilcox admitting afterwards that he was relieved Harewood was subbed.

The Cumbrian would just like them to be more clinical in front of goal.

Murray added: “Both Marlon and Scott did okay together and I was happy with them.

“I was pleased for Scott to score and Marlon had a great chance which he dragged wide. That was a good chance at a good time in the game.”