Hartlepool United boss vows to make sweeping changes

Matty Bates celebrates his goal  against Accrington Stanley. Picture by FRANK REID
Matty Bates celebrates his goal against Accrington Stanley. Picture by FRANK REID

CARETAKER Pools boss Sam Collins named an unchanged side last night – but admits he could easily make “11 changes” for the weekend.

Before the trip to Accrington Stanley, Collins said he was looking to freshen up his starting line-up following the weekend defeat to Luton Town.

Instead, he opted to name the same team for the third match running – something he looks set to change for the trip to Cambridge United on Saturday.

Collins told SportMail: “Based on that performance, I will have to make changes.

“Nobody could complain or look at me if I made 11 changes come Saturday, they couldn’t question me about that.

“The way I feel at the moment, if I could change it, I probably would.

“That performance was nowhere near good enough.”

Collins is overseeing first team duties in the wake of Colin Cooper’s resignation as manager earlier this month.

He is expected to be in the dugout come Saturday at Cambridge, while the search for a permanent boss continues.

Collins had been pleased with his side’s performances in the previous three matches he was in charge of, but not last night.

The player coach added: “We’ll have to see. I have been asked to look after things for as long as possible.

“I am trying my best to make things better. I thought I had that reaction for the first three matches but not last night.

“It wasn’t good enough.”

Last night’s attendance for the Sky Bet League Two match was less than 1,000.

Just 947 fans were inside the Storefirst Stadium to watch the action, including 109 Pools supporters who had made the journey from the North East.

Collins praised the “fantastic” away support and said it is about time his players paid them back.

He added: “The fans are fantastic. They will back everyone when they are trying and having a go for their team.

“They travel long distances and watch us play all over the place and it is about time we gave them something back.”