Micky Barron says James Brown and Colin Larkin must be patient

Hartlepool United Reserves V Hull City. Pools number 7 scores.
Hartlepool United Reserves V Hull City. Pools number 7 scores.

MICKY Barron admits that James Brown and Colin Larkin will have to be patient in their fight for a first-team recall, writes CRAIG HOPE.

The pair have now overcome the early-season niggles which have left them out of the picture at senior level.

Both players enjoyed 90 minutes during yesterday’s 3-0 reserve-team win over Scunthorpe United, with Mick Wadsworth watching on at Bedford Terrace.

And Barron says it’s imperative that those on the fringe of the first-team squad catch the eye when given the chance.

“It’s difficult to even get on the bench at the moment and you’ve got to do something really special in the reserves to get noticed,” he said. “Players are having to work hard just to stay on the bench but that’s a good thing and keeps everyone on their toes.

“But we’ve got a fantastic bunch of pros and I’m sure that, in time, everyone will get their chance through one reason or another.”

Brown came through a fifth successive full game, an encouraging run given his chequered injury record, and Barron believes the 24-year-old is beginning to show signs of his undoubted ability.

“Every game he shows glimpses of how good he is but as coaches we want to see it more often,” said Barron. “He does show that quality though and that’s encouraging for him and us.

“But players such as James and Colin have to be patient and wait for their chance.”

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