JACK IT UP! – Barmby targets points from Hartlepool Utd’s back-to-back away trips

Jack Barmby celebrates after scoring the first goal of Pools 3-0 win over Torquay United. Picture by FRANK REID
Jack Barmby celebrates after scoring the first goal of Pools 3-0 win over Torquay United. Picture by FRANK REID

HARTLEPOOL United are targeting four to six points from back-to-back away matches according to their lively forward Jack Barmby.

But the on-loan Manchester United star is wary that every team in Sky Bet League Two is capable of beating any other.

The 19-year-old has called on his team mates to be resolute ahead of today’s match at Wycombe Wanderers.

The fixture against fourth-bottom Wycombe at Adams Park is followed by a Tuesday night trip to Accrington Stanley, who are just a place above the League Two drop zone.

Pools are at the other end of the table, sitting ninth, two places and five points outside of the play-off spots with the players targeting the maximum points haul.

Barmby said: “It is definitely a chance to pick up four to six points.

“But I have been told – and seen it for myself – that anybody can beat anybody in all four leagues.

“As long as we go there, are hard to beat and play the way we have been playing then I’m sure we can get a good outcome.”

The gaffer meanwhile is expecting another tough

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afternoon for his Pools side, who were beaten 2-0 away to Northampton Town a fortnight ago, only to bounce back against Torquay United at Victoria Park last Saturday - winning 3-0.

Colin Cooper, 47, said Pools cannot afford too many more Northampton performances if they are to ebb their way into the play-off spaces with just eight weeks of the season left.

Wycombe, unbeaten in five matches, are managed by Gareth Ainsworth and Cooper says the Chairboys are “fighting for their lives”.

Cooper said: “From Wycombe’s point of view they are at home and it depends how Gareth goes - is he thinking about going for it to get three points or is the most important thing to keep a bit of momentum going.

“We can’t afford too many more Northampton’s between now and the end of the season and there is no reason why there should be after last week.

“We have to be hard to beat knowing that at some point in the game we will get one, two or three chances.

“Whether they prove decisive for us, only time will tell.

“I’m expecting - and will be telling the lads - it will be a very tough game.

“They are fighting for their lives but are a decent side.

“If you go there thinking you just have to turn up then we will get nothing but we are more than capable of getting something, that is for sure.”

Cooper wasn’t giving anything away at his pre-match press conference in terms of team shape or selection but is expected to stick with the same team that beat Torquay United.

Although after that game he did hint that club captain Antony Sweeney, who came off the bench last week, was pushing for a start.

“I was pleased to give Antony Sweeney a run out – his attitude and application has been outstanding,” said Cooper.

“He’s not huffed once and still wants to do well for this club.

“We wondered about starting him, but the way Jack [Barmby] scored and grew into the game justified that, but Tony has been a credit.”