Woods calls for more consistency from Hartlepool United

Michael Woods in action against Shrewsbury Town.
Michael Woods in action against Shrewsbury Town.

FRUSTRATED Michael Woods says a lack of consistency during games is the root of Hartlepool United’s problems this season.

Pools were well in the game away to Shrewsbury Town, carving out the best chances in the first half.

But they failed to take them and Micky Mellon’s side went on to score three in the second half to seal a routine victory in the end.

Woods, who played central midfield alongside Aaron Tshibola, said Pools not producing the goods for the full 90 minutes has been the story of the season.

“We gave them a lift with the opening goal, the crowd got behind them and they went on from there,” said Woods.

“It’s been the story of our season – inconsistency.

“We need to get 70 to 80 minutes on the spin and need to take our chances when on top.

“These are one of the best sides in the league, we won’t come across a stronger team like this but first-half we had three or four really good chances.”

Pools went into the match on the back of the 2-0 home win over Cheltenham Town and they carried that form into the opening stages of the game.

But once the first goal went in, heads went down and belief was sucked from the side, as seen on too many occasions this season.

Woods admits the players are feeling the strain of being bottom of the Football League and he feels further additions to the squad will help boost morale.

But the 24-year-old playmaker is also fully aware the current players have to play their part and be more ruthless at both ends of the pitch.

“It’s difficult for us all and look where we are,” added Woods.

“The gaffer has said he wants to bring one or two more new players in but we have to be more ruthless in both boxes.

“We could have been in front and there wasn’t much in it.

“We had chances, first-half their keeper made good saves, but we have to start taking them.

“We didn’t build on last week’s win [against Cheltenham] which is massively disappointing.

“We worked hard, we defended well first-half, but their shape will cause teams problems and we restricted them.

“But the first goal was shocking to concede especially given the message at half-time was keep it tight, don’t concede and frustrate them.

“Get to 65-70 minutes away from home and you always have a chance.

“But there’s no point in beating ourselves up over it, the game has been lost and we move on,” added the former Leeds United and Chelsea youth.