Pools boss Mick Wadsworth happy with early-season form

Ritchie Humphreys goes close with this late header  against Walsall. Picture by FRANK REID
Ritchie Humphreys goes close with this late header against Walsall. Picture by FRANK REID
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FOUR games unbeaten or four without a win – Hartlepool United boss Mick Wadsworth isn’t too bothered either way.

Pools have taken one point from each of their opening matches and currently lie 16th in League One.

The nature of late giveaways at MK Dons and again at Stevenage on Saturday, however, has caused some concern among supporters.

But Wadsworth insists it’s far too early to draw conclusions for the campaign ahead.

“I’ve always said it’s six or seven games before it (the league) settles down and then let’s see where we are then,” he told SportMail today.

“We might look back on these results as four good draws or we might look back and say they were points dropped – that all depends on what we do in the coming weeks.

“But I hope everyone sees the bigger picture and, after four games, there’s no need to panic.

“We’ve had four good performances and, but for better luck and a little bit of judgement, we could have had a couple of wins.

“At the same time with worse luck we could have lost games so I’m relatively happy with how we’ve started – there’s certainly been enough to suggest we’ll do okay this season.”

One such point of pleasure for Wadsworth has been the four goals scored away from home.

That total is already more than a quarter of last season’s away-day tally (15) and the Pools first-team coach has been encouraged by his side’s attacking threat so far this term.

“We’ve scored two goals in each of our away matches and are unbeaten away from home,” he said.

“Scoring goals, as we all know, was a big problem last year.

“The players we brought in over the summer was with that in mind and I think we’ve looked far more threatening.

“There’s still work to be done on set-plays but on the whole we’ve been better going forward.

“Young James Poole and Nathan Luscombe will make a big difference because they are a pair whose first thought is always to go forward.

“And then we’ve got Nobby (Solano) and Colin Nish who give us greater quality in that attacking third.”

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