Mick Wadsworth feared long afternoon after early blast from fan!

Mick Wadsworth gives instruction from the sidelines during the game against Scunthorpe. Picture by FRANK REID
Mick Wadsworth gives instruction from the sidelines during the game against Scunthorpe. Picture by FRANK REID

MICK Wadsworth feared it was going to be a long afternoon when a punter behind the dugout started questioning his tactics after just 10 minutes of Saturday’s home clash with Bury, writes CRAIG HOPE.

But the disgruntled Poolie needn’t have worried.

For, despite a slow start, Wadsworth’s unbeaten boys soon motored into gear and cruised to a 3-0 victory thanks to a first-half opener from the impeccable Nobby Solano and a second-half double from Colin Nish.

And Wadsworth reflected: “There was some geezer behind me giving me almighty stick after 10 minutes saying we’d underestimated the opposition.

“So I scratch my head and think ‘flippin heck, here we go!’.

“But he’s paid for his ticket so he’s got a right to say that – I’ve no problem with it.

“And I admit we didn’t play as well as we have done at times - in the first half our ball retention wasn’t as good as it can be but we remained solid.

“We didn’t really look in trouble throughout the game but goals change games and in the end it could have been four or five.

“So I’m very pleased, especially with the second-half performance because we did pick it up and take the ball to them a little bit more.

“We had to be patient because everyone thinks it’s going to be easy against a team which has lost a few on the bounce but it’s just simply never like that.

“But it was a solid performance and that’s what I was pleased about.”

It was Solano who found the all-important breakthrough, collecting a Nish poke before bursting into the area and toeing home on 34 minutes.

And the provider turned scorer after the break, first smashing in from close range on 51 minutes and then calmly tucking a second into the bottom corner 16 minutes from time.

And Wadsworth added: “It’s nice to win like that, without playing brilliantly.

“Nobby’s goal was a real touch of class and the second was an instinctive finish which gave Colin the confidence to go and do what he did for third and I’m delighted for him.

“That third goal gave us that breathing space but even then you’ve got to do a job.”

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