Yeovil Town clash highlight of week for Hartlepool Utd’s Humphreys

Ritchie Humphreys in action against Colchester United. Picture by FRANK REID
Ritchie Humphreys in action against Colchester United. Picture by FRANK REID

RITCHIE Humphreys is looking forward to a day off tomorrow.

At 3pm, the veteran midfielder – an ever-present under John Hughes – will be lining up against Yeovil Town.

For Humphreys, though, the following 90 minutes represents the highlight of his week.

“I heard a quote from an old manager which said ‘you work hard all week and then on Saturday you get a day off to play football’,” the 35-year-old told SportMail when asked about his extended run in the side.

“That made me laugh, but it’s so true.

“I just love playing football and to be doing it week in, week out, is all I’ve ever wanted.

“The manager talks about an appreciation for what you do and he’s right, I’m loving every minute of it right now.”

Humphreys’ enjoyment is certainly showing on the pitch.

It’s not without good reason that a player used sparingly by former boss Neale Cooper has now become the first name on the team-sheet under Hughes.

And Humphreys says he has no intention of knocking on his manager’s door and asking for a rest.

“I’m playing in the middle of midfield and being part of the team, doing a job, long may it continue,” he said.

“Sometimes the younger players do need a bit of guidance in there and I’m happy to do that.

“I can bounce off their youth as well and we’ve got a good blend right now.

“Personally, I feel good, I’ve always done everything right in terms of my body and fitness and as long as I’m enjoying it then I’ll carry on.”

Pools are without victory in two matches and the visit of the fourth-placed Glovers again sees them rated as outsiders by bookmakers.

That, however, holds no fear for Humphreys and co.

“We went to Doncaster last week and expected to get something – that’s how far we’ve come, there’s been a big turnaround,” he said.

“At the training ground the other day we were talking among the lads and said we don’t care who we play, bring on the next game.

“We’re not being arrogant or cocky, we just want the next game to come so we can get back to winning ways.”