Hartlepool boss hopes ex-Pools loanee Rakish Bingham has “off day” for Mansfield

Rakish Bingham scoring for Hartlepool United.
Rakish Bingham scoring for Hartlepool United.

RAKISH Bingham has been a “big miss” at Hartlepool United since being recalled by tomorrow’s opponents Mansfield Town.

And Ronnie Moore hopes the pacy striker leaves his finishing boots at home when Adam Murray’s 16th-placed Stags head to Victoria Park for the Sky Bet League Two clash.

We have missed Bingham,

Ronnie Moore

Bingham has netted seven goals this season – including one during a five match loan spell at Pools earlier in the season – and he scored the winner for Mansfield against Wimbledon on Tuesday night after coming on as sub.

Moore is fully aware of the threat posed by Bingham as he ponders whether to stick with the 3-5-2 formation that has served him so well away from home this week. “We have missed Bingham,” Moore told SportMail. “We brought him in because he is a good player and he’s gone back there and scored goals.

“We were a bit upset they took him back, they had a panic on, I think.

“There was a day left when they could call him and they dropped second bottom – I would have done the same as a manager and took him back, so I can understand it.

“He’s scored goals, but hopefully he leaves his scoring boots at home this time.”

Moore is considering whether to tinker with his formation for tomorrow’s clash, with Pools now just four points from safety with nine games left to play.

He added: “3-5-2 has certainly given me food for thought.

“Sometimes people think it is a negative way of playing but there are a lot of teams at this level – and above – that play it and get results.

“Everybody knows their role, it isn’t complicated.

“Mansfield have been 3-5-2 most of the season but they switched to 4-4-2 the other day.

“I don’t think it is about systems though, it is about your players coming in, performing and having a go – that has been evident in the last three games.

“You can see the progression we have made since the away game at Mansfield (a 1-1 draw)and the renewed belief and togetherness in the side, even the subs.

“We have had nobody being mardy, with their bottom lip out.

“If they are going to do that then I won’t sit them on the bench.

“I don’t expect them to send me a Christmas card or a cake – it is what is best for the group.

“If they perform, then they stay there. And the subs know if they come on, the opportunity will be there for them.”

Pools (likely): Flinders, Austin, Harrison, Mirfin, Jones, Duckworth, Featherstone, Walker, Tshibola, Franks, Bird.

Subs: Maxted, Richards, Holden, Nearney, Compton, Smith, Hawkins, Compton, J. Jones, Harewood, Morgan.

Mansfield (likely): Pidgeley, Beevers, Tafazolli, Riley, Elder, Lambe, Clements, McGuire, Brown, Oliver, Kee.

Subs: Studer, Sutton, Monakana, Rhead, Bingham, Ravenhill, Heslop.