In The Dugout: David Gill

David Gill
David Gill

IN The Dugout is our Thursday feature which sees Hartlepool United supporters answer questions on the latest topics at Victoria Park, signing off by picking their team for the weekend.

This week is the turn of salesman David Gill (right), 30, from Billingham, a season ticket holder who sits in the Mill House.

Hartlepool United have lost the last two matches, against Rotherham United in the JPT and Newport County in the league, what do you put that down to?

I would say that last Tuesday’s match against Rotherham was possibly the best we have played for a long time and were extremely unlucky as of Frida’s game.

I think after two very hard matches, where the players gave their all, they just ran out of steam.

Three games in six days is tough going.

Colin Cooper made two changes to the team for Newport County. Do you think he got his selection right after a gruelling schedule of games?

I think Compton offers much more than Franks in every area and would have bought him straight in for Tuesday night’s game.

Burgess has been steady all season so it was not a shock to see him return.

I was more shocked some fringe players didn’t get a game on Tuesday.

Which Hartlepool United player has stood out for you during the recent spell of matches and why?

Luke James gets all of the headlines for his goals but for me there are two stand out performers this season.

Jack Baldwin has been sensational and I think if he carries on his performances through to January he could be on his way out if the right offer comes in.

And Michael Duckworth has been an unreal find, powerful, skilful, direct and likes a good tackle.

Both young hungry players coming from non league football!

Do you think the Pools squad needs strengthening or are you happy with the current crop of players?

We definitely need at least another striker if not two, an out and out goalscorer to ease the burden on James.

We need to get rid of a few players Howard, captain invisible (Sweeney) and Rodney.

Other than that I’m happy with the squad.

Finally, what would your team be for Saturday’s match at home to Northampton Town?

Flinders in goal. Defence: Duckworth, Baldwin, Burgess, Austin. Midfield: Compton, Walton, Walker, Monkhouse. Forwards: James, Poole.