Hatrlepool Utd star hoping for first home goal against Tranmere Rovers

James Poole
James Poole

JAMES Poole wishes he could run out in Hartlepool United’s maroon away kit when Tranmere Rovers visit Victoria Park this evening (kick off 7.45pm).

The 21-year-old took his tally for the season to five with a fine double during Saturday’s 3-2 win at Chesterfield.

And, with all of his five goals coming in the new-look change kit, Poole admits it’s about time he bagged in blue and white on home soil.

“I’ve not scored at home this season and the maroon kit seems to be lucky for me – maybe I should ask if we can wear it against Tranmere,” he joked ahead of the seventh-versus-eight showdown.

“It would be nice to score at home because it’s in front of more of your own fans. But hopefully those who weren’t there on Saturday saw it on TV and saw what I can do.

“But tonight is as good a time as any to break my home duck and I hope I’ve done enough to start the game.”

Poole told SportMail yesterday that he hopes his weekend goal exploits have gone some way to winning him an extended stay in the side.

But he knows that no player can afford a dip in form given the calibre of team-mate watching from the sidelines right now.

“I have played the last two, worked as hard as I can in training and when I’ve played I hope to show the boss what I’m capable off,” he went on.

“That is especially important with the squad we have this season and that is one of our biggest assets, the strength in depth we have.

“Even a place on the bench isn’t safe and I’ve got to keep working hard in training and in games to keep it.”

Poole’s double blast at the B2Net Stadium brought a welcome end to a run of three straight losses.

And, with Tranmere the first of a five-day double header which sees Charlton Athletic come to the Vic on Saturday, the striker has set his sights on a double triumph.

“We lost three in a row and the lads were a bit down, but you have to put those games behind you and move on,” he said.

“The longer you dwell on them the more problems it creates, but we’ve put it to bed now.

“Wins always feel sweeter after a few bad results, now we need to kick on like we did at the start of the season. A couple of wins puts you right back where we want to be.

“There’s two home games to come this week and they will be good games. It is a tight league and Charlton are flying. But we have shown we are capable of beating anyone – I don’t see any reason why we can’t get six points from the two games.”