Wadsworth: Let’s see out season with a smile

Hartlepool United mnager Mick Wadsworth with his Manager of The Month Award. Hartlepool United  V Dagenham and Redbridge 0-1 15th January 2011. Photograph by FRANK REID
Hartlepool United mnager Mick Wadsworth with his Manager of The Month Award. Hartlepool United V Dagenham and Redbridge 0-1 15th January 2011. Photograph by FRANK REID
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MICK Wadsworth wants his Hartlepool United players to see out their season with a smile.

Pools have enjoyed a successful campaign, amassing a safety-ensuring 54 points with four games remaining.

But last weekend’s 2-0 defeat at Sheffield Wednesday smacked of a dour, end-of-season affair.

Pools registered just one effort on target as they toiled in the South Yorkshire sunshine.

Wadsworth, though, feels that his men should relish the pressure-free environment which their league status affords.

And, with a healthy crowd expected for the Good Friday visit of Tranmere Rovers (kick off 3pm), the Pools chief wants to see all inside Victoria Park enjoy their afternoon, including the players.

“We always said that when we are safe we’d like to relax and maybe take one or two more risks,” he told SportMail.

“Last week wasn’t the greatest game, I’d never try to say otherwise, and we don’t want to throw the season away with a run of defeats.

“We have to use the comfort of our position to enjoy ourselves, enjoy our football and have a good go at getting some more wins.

“I still believe we can make 60 points, that remains our aim.

“Tranmere are still down there fighting so it’s going to be tough.

“But we have to fight ourselves to get back to the level of performance we were at and not let the season slip away.

“We’ve got a great opportunity to finish on a high and I know the players are desperate to end with a couple of wins and go out with a smile on their face.

“And I want to show our punters that we’ve had a decent season.

“This is the time to stick together as a group because we’ve had some fantastic times this season and we don’t want that to evaporate and dilute.

“We want to take one or two more risks and have some fun”

Read the full story in Thursday’s Mail