MATTY Dolan is “absolutely gutted” to be missing tonight’s FA Cup clash with Blyth Spartans in front of the television cameras.
The 21-year-old re-joined his hometown team on loan but is cup-tied for the match at Victoria Park having already played five minutes for parent club Bradford City in the first round.
Dolan joked his late sub appearance against Halifax Town was one of the worst of his career given it meant he missed out on the chance to play against Tom Wade’s Spartans in a game to be screened live on BBC Two.
Instead he will be watching the action from the stands and the central midfielder has tipped his team-mates to come out on top in the North East derby.
Dolan told SportMail: “I am cup tied for Blyth having come on for five minutes against Halifax Town in the first round which is such a shame because I’d have loved to play in the cup match.
“I’m absolutely gutted to be missing it.
“It is going to be a tasty cup tie and you can’t hide because you are in front of the cameras.
“The boys have to get out there, work hard and show what they can do.”
All eyes will be on Victoria Park tonight for the match, which kicks off at 7.55pm, yet Dolan is confident Pools can shake off their awful league form and progress into the third round - as long as they approach the game in a professional manner.
He believes if Pools can make a safe passage through the competition it will help build some momentum for the league campaign.
The match against Spartans is a welcome relief from the struggles of the league but Dolan believes they can “kick-on” - provided they beat Tom Wade’s Spartans.
“Blyth is going to be a massive game,” said Dolan.
“It is on the television and it is good for the town and the club and hopefully we can show what we can do.
“It is the FA Cup and everybody loves an underdog.
“So it is up to the lads to be professional and I have no doubt they will come through it.
“The third round draw is something big to play for.
“That would hopefully build some momentum and we can look to kick on from there.”
It is Dolan’s second loan spell after spending the first half of last season under then boss Colin Cooper, scoring two goals in 25 appearances.
He was recalled by parent club Boro in January before spending the second half of the season on loan at the Bantams, who signed him permanently in the summer.