Jack Compton admits his consistency is a concern

IMPROVING: Jack Compton.
IMPROVING: Jack Compton.

JACK Compton is enjoying his run in the Hartlepool United first team but admits he needs to work on being more consistent.

The winger, who turned 26 earlier this month, knows he is no longer a spring chicken and admits consistency is an area of his game he needs to work on.

In only his second start of the season, against Shrewsbury Town, Compton set up both goals for Charlie Wyke and Brad Walker.

At times he was unplayable, but performances like that haven’t been seen enough by the Pools fans inside Victoria Park.

Torquay-born Compton was dropped to the bench after the opening match away to Stevenage and by his own admission he didn’t take it well.

As a result, manager Colin Cooper left him out of the squad altogether for the home defeat to Bury but he has slowly made his way back into the starting line-up and impressed against Shrewsbury.

Before the season started the former Portsmouth and Bradford City winger set himself a target of scoring 10 goals and providing 10 assists this season.

After the Shrewsbury win Compton was well on his way to the assist target, something he is keen to achieve.

Compton told SportMail: “I have two assists and hopefully I can get a few more.

“I have read it a lot about consistency and that is one thing I need to improve on. I am 26 now and I am getting on a little bit.

“But I am still learning and aiming to become more consistent. That is key.”

Last season, Cooper’s first signing made 39 appearances, scoring five goals and making three assists, something he wants to improve on this time around.

Pools have played a 4-4-2 formation in recent matches, with Compton starting on the left and on-loan Middlesbrough winger Ryan Brobbel on the right.

Northern Ireland Under-21 international Brobbel played against Serbia and scored the consolation goal as his side went down 4-1 in the European Qualifier.

Compton said it feels good to be playing with out and out wingers and has praised the impact of the on-loan player.

“It is nice to be playing with wingers,” added Compton.

“It was me and Franksy (Jonathan Franks) last season and once we beat Bradford City last year (in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy) we kicked on and played some nice football.

“Now we have Brobz here with us and he is a great talent.

“He scored for his country (recently) and that gave him a huge boost.”