MICK Wadsworth has spoken honestly about his disapproval of some of the goals Pools have conceded this pre-season.
So last night’s clean sheet at Whitby Town was the perfect remedy ahead of Pools’ opening League One game against MK Dons in 11 days.
It goes without saying that Pools will face a lot more dangerous teams this coming season and that is no disrespect to their Evo-stik Northern Premier League opponents, but when asked about his side’s solid and organised performance it brought a slight smile to Wadsworth’s face.
He said: “We remained organised all over the pitch which always helps and I thought that the defence performed superbly.
“They defended the box brilliantly and we didn’t have too many scares at all.
“The centre backs defended the six-yard box very well and the full-backs stopped most of the crosses going in which is vital so overall I thought we defended very well.”
Wadsworth opted for a backline which included three teenagers – Paul Johnson, Jordan Mellish and Darren Holden but they performed admirably alongside the experienced Steve Haslam at right-back.
The mature performance of the club’s younger players was no surprise to Wadsworth, who is confident that they will have a vital role to play at some point this season and is eager to give youth the opportunity to excel.
He added: “You only find out how good a player is if you give them the opportunity and perhaps they haven’t had enough opportunities at times in recent years.”
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