Pools spirit has helped us through testing time says Mick Wadsworth

Hartlepool United manager Mick Wadsworth shows just what the victory away against Bournemouth means to him.  Bournemouth V Hartlepool United League1 0-1. 11122101. Picture by FRANK REID
Hartlepool United manager Mick Wadsworth shows just what the victory away against Bournemouth means to him. Bournemouth V Hartlepool United League1 0-1. 11122101. Picture by FRANK REID
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MICK Wadsworth believes that the spirit among his Hartlepool United troops has helped the side through what he admits has been a “far from ideal” period.

The Pools boss didn’t envisage such a problematic opening to the campaign, injury and suspension undermining their early progress.

Still, though, they remain unbeaten, and Wadsworth has attributed that to the camaraderie in his squad.

“They are a great group of lads, as good as I’ve worked with,” he told SportMail today as preparations continued for Saturday’s trip to Rochdale.

“You need that spirit and togetherness when things get tough, like they did at times last season.

“It’s been far from ideal already this season in terms of the injuries we’ve picked up and we’ve lost some key players.

“But what do you do? You roll up your sleeves and get on with it.

“These boys are a good bunch. We’ve got a good mix of characters in there and some strong personalities. They all get on and that has been important, both on and off the pitch.”

The loss of injured midfield trio Tony Sweeney, Gary Liddle and Nobby Solano has been cushioned by the re-emergence of Ritchie Humphreys, Paul Murray and Colin Larkin in recent matches.

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A dogged display against title favourites Huddersfield Town yielded a hard-earned point while Saturday’s away clash at Stevenage saw Pools surrender a two-goal lead late in the game.

And Wadsworth went on: “The attitude and commitment against Huddersfield was faultless.

“Again on Saturday for an hour it was terrific, what let us down were a couple of defensive errors.

“But all you can do is learn from things like that and these lads will.”

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