GOALSCORER Charlie Wyke was praised for his “enthusiasm” by manager John Hughes who believes his first strike in a blue and white shirt will do him the world of good.
The 20-year-old opened his Pools account courtesy of a deflected shot in the early stages of the second half to pull Pools level and Hughes said he was “delighted” for the youngster.
He was taken off after 76 minutes but the young forward admitted afterwards he was feeling tired after another enthusiastic display, this time capped off with a goal.
Hughes said: “Charlie has great enthusiasm and that shows on the pitch and the way that he trains, he always has a sweat on and wants to train.
“That will do him a world of good.
“I think he will be peeved off that I keep subbing him in the last 10 minutes but he came up with the goods and I am absolutely delighted.”
Wyke’s loan period from parent club Middlesbrough has been extended until the end of the season and Hughes was pleased to tie down his man.
The Scot said: “I am delighted to extend it until the end of the season.
“Charlie gives us the legs up front, he listens and is a great trainer.
“That inspires you being around about him.
“He always has that wee cheeky smile on his face and I am absolutely delighted and hopefully he will go from strength to strength.”
Hughes also had praise for midfield duo Jonathan Franks, who played in a more central position at the weekend and Simon Walton, who played the “quarter-back” role just in front of the back four.
Hughes added: “Franks has been different class since I came to the club.
“I love him, he is dynamic, clever and he is really starting to take things on board.
“He will get back and put a tackle in and I am just looking for him to start scoring goals.
“He is getting into positions.”
Hughes added: “Simon Walton is one of the best football players at the club in terms of on the ball and his range of passing.
”The games are doing him good and if he can keep clear of injury and get himself a wee bit fitter and the games will help him with that.
“It suits him playing that quarter-back role, sitting in front of the two centre halves screening but getting on the ball and spraying passes and I felt actually that when we took him off we lost our way a little bit.”
January is of course transfer window time and Hughes says a lot of work is going on behind the scenes to bring in fresh faces.
When asked how the “ducking and diving” was going in the transfer market, Hughes joked: “I think the boy duck is coming in, he is a right winger, and the boy dive, a left winger, is coming in.”
Hughes, reluctant to reveal any potential targets, added: “There has to be something happening, we have to give the fans something to hang on to.
“We are working really hard behind the scenes to make sure we are bringing in the right character.
“It is very difficult at this time of the window to get the right character at the club because they are all usually signed up.
“But we are working very hard.”