Amond CAN hit goal trail

Padraig Amond after scoring against Crewe
Padraig Amond after scoring against Crewe

Boss Craig Hignett has backed summer signing Padraig Amond to hit the goal trail after opening his Hartlepool United account.

Hignett was delighted to see Amond net his first goal for Pools in the 3-3 draw at Crewe Alexandra on Tuesday evening.

I’m really pleased he’s got off the mark.

Having struggled to get a sight of goal, Amond showed his poachers’ instinct when he finished off Nicky Featherstone’s lofted ball into the area to give Pools what proved to be a vital lifeline.

And Hignett is sure there are plenty more goals to come from his summer signing.

Amond arrived at the club in June after scoring 49 goals in his last two seasons, while playing for Morecambe and Grimsby Town.

This included a 30-goal haul at Blundell Park last season as he helped fire Grimsby to promotion from the National League.

But the Irishman offers much more than goals, with his hard work in the final third something noted by Hignett in the early stages of his spell in the North East.

“He’s had a couple of chances and I thought he could have had two or three goals for us already,” said Hignett.

“He gets himself in, makes good runs and works really hard.

“So I’m really pleased he’s got off the mark.

“I’m sure there will be plenty more to come.”

Meanwhile, Hignett says the attacking options in his squad mean Hartlepool United are never down and out.

Despite trailing 3-1 with just over 15 minutes remaining, the Pools boss is adamant that he always backed his team to get back into the game against Crewe.

And he says that would be the case regardless of the opposition, such is the faith Hignett has in his squad’s fire-power.

“It was a very open game and with the attacking players I’ve got, I fancy us to score wherever we play,” he said.

“With that, you never think you’re out of the game. Even at 3-1 I was optimistic, because I know we’ve got goals in the team.”

The key to Pools’ comeback at Gresty Road was a 30-minute spell in the second half which saw the visitors on top.

Driven forward by the ever-lively Nathan Thomas, Pools pushed Crewe back and got their just rewards as Amond and Carl Magnay both netted within three minutes to bring the game level.

Hignett feels such periods of play will be crucial should Pools look to continue their unbeaten start to the season while reserving special praise for winger Thomas, a proven match-winner.

“For half an hour in the second half we put in a really good performance,” Hignett added.

“If you put good half an hour spells in you can win games and we’ve done that before.

“When Nathan (Thomas) is on song we can win games in 10 or 15 minutes.”