Hartlepool United boss praises match-winner Jack Munns

Jack Munns spreays out a pass in the  2-1 win over Middlesbrough. Picture by FRANK REID
Jack Munns spreays out a pass in the 2-1 win over Middlesbrough. Picture by FRANK REID

What Jack Munns lacks in size, he more than makes up for in substance - that’s the view of Craig Harrison.

The Hartlepool United boss was delighted with his tricky winger’s match-winning performance against Middlesbrough’s Under-23s last night.

And while he may not be the biggest in stature, Harrison is expecting massive things from his player this season.

“We all know that physically he is going to struggle against the big lads but he is intelligent,” said Harrison, of Munns, who netted Pools’ winner on the night.

“He picks up them pockets well.

“All it takes is for him to find a little half space and he has all the technical ability to finish it off.

“His passing and vision is excellent, too, apart from one or two that went astray tonight but that will come.

“He missed seven to 10 days with an ankle injury so he is a little behind the other players but he was excellent on the night.”

Having lost their last three pre-season games Harrison was keen for his side not to go into the season on a slump.

“I was pleased,” he said of getting back to winning ways.

“The first-half was a cagey affair. I thought we maybe just needed to be a bit more clinical in the final third.

“Second half we played in their half. The second goal was a brilliant one –quality build-up with a great finish at the end of it.

“I thought we thoroughly deserved to win the game in the end.

“The goal they scored seemed to spark us into life.

“Once Boro scored we upped the tempo - the reaction of going behind was a real positive.

“The other big positive was the fitness. We really took the game to them in the second half.”