TOMMY Miller admitted victory over Shrewsbury Town was “massive” for Hartlepool United.
Pools had started the season poorly, winning just one of their opening five Sky Bet League Two matches and losing the other four.
But goals from Charlie Wyke and Brad Walker secured a deserved win for Pools, in what was an impressive team performance.
Miller told SportMail afterwards that after last weekend’s agonising last minute 1-0 defeat to Cheltenham Town, the pressure was on at Victoria Park on Saturday.
Thankfully, Wyke’s 5th minute opener helped the home side on their way to their best performance of the season.
“It was a massive game,” said Miller.
“Last week was disappointing losing in the last minute and to get off to a good start the way we did gave us that confidence and belief.
“It was a great result for us.
“Charlie kept going and going and he has been great since he has come in on loan.
“He is a young lad but puts himself about and his hold-up play is very good and is good in the air.
“He kept going and I am delighted for him.”
Miller was again playing alongside 18-year-old Walker, who capped a fine performance with the second goal in the 79th minute.
Walker ran almost the length of the pitch to latch onto a fine centre from Jack Compton and shoot first time past Jayson Leutwiler in the Town goal.
Miller - who got further forward a lot more himself - was pleased to see his midfield partner notch his first of the season.
“I tried to get a bit further forward in the match,” said the former Ipswich, Sunderland and Sheffield Wednesday midfielder.
“Defensively I can do it but I would rather push on a little bit more.
“It worked well, we passed it a lot more and got forward and Brad obviously got his goal and I was delighted for him.
“It was a great goal, I had seen him out the corner of my eye and he was cantering along.
“He was in the perfect position and it was a great ball in and he finished it well.
“Brad is still only young but has a lot of ability.
“I’m sure there will be a lot of clubs watching him and he got his goal on Saturday.
“He is a very good player.”
Miller also had praise for two other star performers - central defender Scott Harrison who partnered Matthew Bates at the back and winger Jack Compton, who made both goals on his return to the side.
The 35-year-old midfielder, released by Bury in the summer, used to travel to Shakers matches last season with Harrison, who spent a month on loan there.
Reflecting on Saturday’s win, Miller said: “Everybody did their job really well.
“Scotty Harrison has come in, a young lad from Sunderland, and he is a great lad.
“He came into central defence and looked like he had been playing there for years.
“Compo came back into the team and was excellent as well.
“I have seen in training what he can do and he definitely has ability.
“For whatever reason he hasn’t been in the team, of late, but he got his chance on Saturday and certainly took it.
“He was a threat throughout and got some really good crosses in.
“It was a good, all-round team performance from us.”
- RICHARD MENNEAR