Mick Wadsworth says stand-in keeper Andy Rafferty can be proud of clean sheet

Andy Rafferty collects the ball. Picture by FRANK REID
Andy Rafferty collects the ball. Picture by FRANK REID
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MICK Wadsworth believes rookie goalkeeper Andy Rafferty can be proud of his performance and clean sheet during the 2-0 win at Scunthorpe United, writes CRAIG HOPE.

The 23-year-old was making just his second-ever professional start following Pools’ decision not to appeal Scott Flinders’ red card from last weekend’s defeat against Stevenage.

That meant Wadsworth told Rafferty as early as Monday that he would be manning the posts at Glanford Park and the Pools boss admits that led to a few nerves.

But the former non-league netminder, while rarely troubled thanks to a stingy defensive display, went about his business with minimum fuss, winning warm praise from his manager.

“Young Andy had a terrific game in goal,” Wadsworth told SportMail.

“He didn’t have too much to do in terms of shot after shot, but he was assured and was a great insurance for the backline because he held on to everything.

“He had to be brave with one and claimed a couple of balls very confidently and I think he would have enjoyed it.

“He was nervous coming into the game but I was very pleased for him.”