Dave Challinor names two things he wants to add to Hartlepool United's attack before National League player registration deadline

Dave Challinor wants to add ‘pace’ and ‘threat’ to Hartlepool United’s front line following a lack of goals in recent weeks.

Monday, 15th March 2021, 4:45 pm

Pools have scored 10 goals in their last 11 National League matches following Saturday’s 0-0 draw against Eastleigh. And Challinor has highlighted Hartlepool’s attack as an area he’s looking to strengthen before the March 25 player registration deadline.

Top scorer Luke Armstrong has nine goals in 17 league games since joining the club but is without a goal in his last four matches.

Rhys Oates contributed his fifth goal of the season for Pools at Altrincham last Tuesday but squandered a chance to win Saturday’s match in stoppage time.

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Hartlepool manager, Dave Challinor. (Credit: Mark Fletcher | MI News)

While recognising the crucial roles the likes of Armstrong and Oates have to play in the side, Challinor is still hoping to bring in another option up front.

"I’d love us to look a bit more of a threat going forward, particularly on the counter,” he told The Mail. “Personnel-wise we’re not helped in that way because we need some real pace and that’s the one thing we don’t really have.

"[Bringing in a pacy striker] is absolutely something we’re looking at.

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"We’ve missed Joe Grey because he runs all day and is energetic and gives that where he doesn’t give the opposition a minute's peace.

“When you’re up against it or down to 10 men like we have been, you don’t get massive opportunities so we’re continuing to look at the areas we want to strengthen. We want to get something done but it’s about getting the right bodies in, not just bodies for the sake of it.”

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