MICK Wadsworth believes that the contrasting form of James Poole is a “micro picture” of Hartlepool United’s baffling results.
The 21-year-old failed to emerge for the second half during Saturday’s 1-0 defeat at home to Yeovil Town.
Wadsworth admits that the change – which saw Adam Boyd introduced – was purely tactical, with Poole having endured a frustrating first half as his side struggled to create anything on the front foot.
The summer signing, though, is yet to score at Victoria Park this season – each of his five strikes have come on the road – and Wadsworth says that is symptomatic of Pools’ recent problems.
He explained: “James came off at half-time because we needed to keep the ball better.
“In many ways James is almost a reflection of the whole situation here.
“I’m not being unfair to him, he will be a very good player for this club and the fans can see that.
“But his away performances compared to home are a stark difference.”
Read more of Wadsworth’s thoughts on James Poole, plus a match report and comments, in today’s Sportmail.