Hartlepool United boss on Jonathan Franks’ stunning impact since returning to Pools

Jonathan Franks scores the winning goal
Jonathan Franks scores the winning goal

Talk about being Jonny on the spot!

Jonathan Franks continues to be the Hartlepool United match-winner against Dagenham & Redbridge after a sumptuous show of skill.

The 27-year-old got on the end of Nicky Deverdics ball forward to apply the finishing touch with an 18-yard shot past Mark Cousins and into the corner of the keeper’s far right corner.

It was his third goal in three games, kicking of with a decisive finish in another 1-0 victory, at Guiseley on Bank Holiday Monday, following that with a header against Maidstone.

With precious few chances against the Daggers, Franks has been that Jonathan on the spot, as boss Craig Harrison acknowledged.

“Franksy’s been very good,” said the boss. “Having someone like that means we can afford to stick in games, be ugly and keep the ball out of your net because we have people like him, who can score goals like that.

“It’s not even a half-chance.

“An average player will score one of them out of 10, but he put it away brilliantly.

“It seemed to take an eternity to drop into the net – I was watching it saying ‘it’s in, it’s out’ but then it did go in.

“Franksy’s had three in three and an assist too and as I’ve said before, he’s someone I wanted in very soon after seeing him in training.

“We batted things back and forth in our negotiations but he always wanted to be back at Hartlepool United, despite having other options.

“What a signing!” he laughed.

It is the first time in his carer that Franks has scored in three consecutive games and he will be looking to make it four when he is in his attacking position tomorrow night at Wrexham.

Harrison though may have to alter his frontline at the Racecourse Ground. Connor Simpson came off with a knock to his knee, while Devante Rodney was also withdrawn with cramp, having just crept past the hour mark.

He could start with Rhys Oates through the middle with Ryan Donaldson on the right.