Pools boss Craig Hignett already has one eye on Luton clash

Craig Hignett
Craig Hignett

Despite facing top of the table Plymouth Argyle this afternoon, Hartlepool United boss Craig Hignett already has one eye on Tuesday night.

Just three days after Pools’ trip to Home Park they host Luton Town at the Northern Gas and Power Stadium.

And with the lengthy travel to and from the south coast in mind, Hignett admits that his thoughts have already turned his selection for The Hatters.

“Yes. I have got one eye on Tuesday,” he said.

“We are taking on the league leaders and make no mistake about it I want to select as strong a team as possible. Then Tuesday will take care of itself.

“I know what I’m going to do on Tuesday but I can say that it won’t have an impact (today).”

While injury doubts remain over Rob Jones and Matthew Bates, one player who will definitely not be involved in Devon is Carl Magnay.

This week brought the news that the 27-year-old full-back will be out for at least six months.

A ruptured anterior cruciate ligament, suffered in last weekend’s home draw with Mansfield, will also see the former Grimsby, Northampton and Gateshead man go under the knife.

While Hignett is gutted to be losing his right-back he says it’s also the perfect opportunity for someone else in the squad to step up.

He said: “One door closes another one opens.

“As I have said if we could afford an injury anywhere it was at right back – we have got a few of them.

“A few players play there – Liam Donnelly, Toto Nsiala has played there before, so too has Scotty Harrison. It’s a massive blow but it’s somewhere we can hope.

Hignett continued: “We have Liam who is able to step in. He played left-back and then right-back equally as well last week.

“And that’s the difference in the squad this year – we have options.

“Last week Jake Carroll hadn’t trained a lot and missed the previous game through injury, he had to sit on the bench while Liam played well.

“The injury gives the likes of Jordy Rich and Jake the chance to come into the team and earn their place.”