MICK Wadsworth has vowed to keep faith with his defence despite seeing them ship four goals for the third away game on the spin.
The latest quadruple concession came during Saturday’s 4-1 hiding at table toppers Brighton, Antony Sweeney’s second-half consolation the only difference in scoreline from previous defeats at Peterborough and Oldham.
It’s all a far cry from the rearguard resistance which saw 1-0 away wins garnered at the likes of Bournemouth and Huddersfield, for Pools’ back five had been the cornerstone upon which their mid-season success was built.
But it’s all gone to pot of late and the ease with which Pools are conceding is now of equal concern as their shot-shy forwards – take away Sweeney’s contribution and it’s one goal in nearly 14 hours.
Wadsworth, though, is refusing to be forced into a panic entry into the loan transfer market, instead sticking by the players which had previously served him so well.
“I’m a great believer in keeping faith with players and that is what I’ll do,” he told SportMail ahead of tomorrow’s visit of Charlton Athletic.
“We haven’t enough players to change the back four, not enough players to change the midfield around and the only place we have options like that is up front.
“But there you go, we have to work with what we have got and I’m happy to do that.
“Our defence has been excellent this season. But we can’t just blame them for what has happened away from home lately, you’ve got to defend as a team.
“You’ve also got to cut out the silly, individual mistakes which have cost us very dear at times.
“But we are a fantastic bunch and I know we will recover and Tuesday will see a response, I’m certain of that.”
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