Hartlepool United boss Craig Hignett reckons his midfield is “different class”.
The Pools gaffer believes he’s got the perfect mix among his ranks, with energy and graft in abundance.
While his side failed to open up the door against Mansfield at the weekend, Hignett was still full of praise for his players.
“They will run all day long and don’t ever ask twice about it,” said Hignett.
“It’s great to have them all with us.
“I said it at the start of the season about the midfielders and I will say it again – they are all different class.”
The Pools boss says it’s not just workers he’s got in the midfield engine room, it quality, too.
Hignett continued: “There’s some good footballers in there.
“Nicky Featherstone and Woodsy (Michael Woods), Nicky Deverdics is a real creative player and then Josh (Laurent) and Hawksy (Lewis Hawkes) who are running machines.”
And it was Hawkes who the manager believes is becoming a crucial part of his Pools midfield, with his dynamic, intelligent displays.
“Hawks will fill holes,” said Hignett.
“He is a player who manages to spot places when the wingers go. He put a shift at the weekend.
“Lewis and Josh just give us that little bit more energy.’’
When asked whether the performance of a number of his fringe players in Pools’ reserve win over Rotherham on Tuesday afternoon had caught his eye, Hignett said: “Some of them might be in my plans.
“A couple of the young lads have maybe put their hands up.
“We will have a little look.
“Maybe one or two of them will be with us this weekend.”
Hignett did admit he was impressed by the showing by Jordan Richards in the 2-1 win at Billingham.
“Jordy has done really well for the reserves, so we will have to see,” he said.
“Jake Carroll is back to full fitness now so we have options at full-back. That is a decision I need to make this week.”