Adam Boyd makes goals pledge to Hartlepool United boss

Adam Boyd brings the ball down under his control. Picture by FRANK REID
Adam Boyd brings the ball down under his control. Picture by FRANK REID

MICK Wadsworth has revealed that Adam Boyd has promised him a goal a game between now and the end of the season.

SportMail told you on Friday that the 28-year-old was set for a surprise start against Yeovil Town at the weekend.

And, when Wadsworth did indeed put faith in the forgotten frontman, he responded with his first goal since August to draw Pools level en route to a 3-1 win.

The hosts were trailing to Jonathan Obika’s stunning opener when Boyd pounced on a loose ball in the area to smash a half volley into the roof of the net on 18 minutes.

He was eventually withdrawn midway through the second half, but Wadsworth was pleased that the Pools-born ace has so far kept good his pre-match pledge.

“Adam has promised me a goal a game to the end of the season so he’s been as good as his word so far!” the boss told SportMail.

“His goal was a terrific finish and it came at important time to get us back in the game so quickly.

“But he’s got that in his locker and if the ball drops to him in the box he is as good as anyone around - no doubt about that.

“He’d done well and scored for the reserves during the week and he was the right choice for the game.”

The start was just Boyd’s second since October and, while Wadsworth believes his selections have been justified this term, he nonetheless admits it’s been a frustrating year for the forward.

“By and large we have been proved right with team selection,” he said.

“We have played a running game this season and a lot of what we have had to do is to cater for our ability to score from more than just the front men.

“But it’s been tough for him and for the likes of Denis Behan and Michael Mackay as well.

“By and large though – and I make mistakes as well – we have been pretty consistent and got things right.

“That’s the way it is, football will never change.”

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