Hartlepool Utd old boy Liddle uses insider knowledge for Notts County

Gary Liddle looks on as Steve Howard wins a header. Picture by FRANK REID
Gary Liddle looks on as Steve Howard wins a header. Picture by FRANK REID

GARY Liddle admits he used all of his prior knowledge of Hartlepool United to help Notts County to victory at a sodden Meadow Lane, writes JOHN MASON.

The Magpies were 2-0 winners last night as Pools old boy Liddle marked his home league debut with a solid display at centre-back.

And Liddle told SportMail: “We knew what to expect.

“They are stubborn and play on the counter-attack, but we dealt with it.

“We know what big Steve Howard is good at and we prepared for him all through the week.

“I gave a little bit of info myself on what I could because obviously I know the lads very well.

“We knew it would be a tough game coming into it but we got our game going from the outset and created a lot of chances, especially in the first half.

“We deserved the win in the end and the Hartlepool lads will be disappointed.

“It was nice to see them, though, and I said my hellos before and after the game, but, as you say, there are no friends on the pitch.”

Liddle, for the second game running, was impressive at centre-back for his new club, and the 25-year-old went on: “I feel as though I’ve done well there the last couple of games.

“We kept a clean sheet and I’ll settle for that.

“It’s not a position which is new to me, I played there for a couple of seasons with Hartlepool and have always enjoyed it.”