MICK Wadsworth is confident that the fit-again Nobby Solano can spark a turnaround in Hartlepool United’s home fortunes, writes CRAIG HOPE.
The Peruvian returned from his second hamstring layoff of the season earlier this month having missed a run of three straight defeats at Victoria Park.
And his absence was telling as Pools struggled to create in the final third.
Indeed, they have scored just once in eight hours of football on home soil and their previous victory – a 3-0 win over Bury on September 17 – coincided with Solano’s finest display yet in blue and white.
That is why Pools chief Wadsworth believes the South American’s return can be a timely one for his side.
“Nobby is an important player whether we’re at home or away – just look at his brilliant free-kick to score at Bournemouth,” he said.
“But I think at home we’ve missed him especially.
“He was just starting to run into some terrific form before he got injured and his performance in that win over Bury was a joy to watch.
“He has that ability and class to make those around him look better as well and we’ve maybe missed that bit of quality at home recently.
“It’s great to have him back and we’re just hoping he gets a good run of games because we’ve seen already how effective he can be.”
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