Pools’ battle plan for Colchester

Hartlepool United manager Mick Wadsworth. Picture by FRANK REID.
Hartlepool United manager Mick Wadsworth. Picture by FRANK REID.

MICK Wadsworth and his trusted backroom lieutenants will return to the drawing board this week in a bid to formulate a plan to resurrect Hartlepool United’s season.

Tuesday’s 4-0 defeat at Oldham Athletic was Pools’ sixth without victory and, given the inevitability of the outcome following the hosts’ opener, brought home the need for a fresh approach.

Wadsworth has been in the game long enough to know urgent action is needed to arrest the slide, and that is why the Pools boss, along with Micky Barron and Ritchie Humphreys, will now be looking to map a route away from danger.

“We’ll think about a number of things this week – personnel and formation included,” Wadsworth told SportMail.

“Myself, Ritchie and Micky will look at everything and come up with a way of getting ourselves out of it.

“If we keep letting it slip we’re going to put ourselves back in a really poor position.

“We don’t want to do that, we don’t need to do that and we’re not going to do that.

“We will work hard to get out of it and we will pick back up again.

“Every team goes through a sticky patch. Hopefully we’ve had ours because it’s time now we turned the corner.”

Pools are now four points from the drop zone with Colchester United next up at Victoria Park on Saturday.

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