Matthew Bates backs Liam Noble to lead Pools' in Andrew Davies' absence

Liam Noble.
Liam Noble.

Matthew Bates is backing Liam Noble to thrive under the added pressure of wearing the Hartlepool United armband.

Noble will again lead Pools out against Dagenham this weekend, having done so for the club's first win of the National League campaign against Maidenhead last Saturday.

Andrew Davies.

Andrew Davies.

The midfielder has been trusted with the role with Andrew Davies likely facing another month on the sidelines with an ankle ligament tear.

And Bates knows former Sunderland, Notts County and Forest Green man Noble is just the right type of character to lead the team moving forward - although very different to Davies.

"He has been a captain in this league before and higher," said Bates.

"He is like a big kid sometimes - he won't mind me saying that. But it meant a lot to him to be captain. He has done great, fitted in great.

"There are different kind of leaders. Liam and Andrew are different. Liam has been getting the banter going, the camaraderie. He has pulled everything together.

"As a player he has been magnificent for us, too."

Pools have a number of players in their XI who have had the armband before with former skipper Carl Magnay in the side as well as the likes of Nicky Featherstone and Scott Loach more than capable of filling the role.

"I don't see a big thing about the armband," he said.

"We have Mags there who is a good leader in the dressing room and on the pitch.

"No team is ever successful with only one captain."

Less than 72 hours after Pools face Dagenham they also host Chesterfield.

It's set to be a busy few days on the Pools front.

"It is the way it is. It's the same for all of the teams," said Bates.

"We will be preparing for the next game on the bus - like we always do. We always look ahead to the next game as soon as one is over.

"It will be a long Saturday and Sunday but that's part of being a manager.