Pools boss hails attacking trio of Wyke, Poole and Franks

James Poole scores the opening goal against Notts County. Picture by FRANK REID
James Poole scores the opening goal against Notts County. Picture by FRANK REID

JOHN Hughes has hailed his new-look front three for their part in Saturday’s 2-1 win over Notts County.

James Poole, Jonathan Franks and Charlie Wyke were the attacking triumvirate who led Pools to a first home win since September 1.

The three combined for the opening goal on five minutes when Franks, having been fed by Wyke, landed a cross onto the boot of Poole who cushioned in style before dispatching a sumptuous volley.

It was the 22-year-old’s second goal from as many starts having been restored to the side during last week’s 3-1 victory at Portsmouth.

That effort, too, was stunning in its execution, and Hughes said: “It was a great first goal, great skill from James Poole.

“He took it beautifully and it was a very good finish.

“I’ve had a word with him because he’s not played much for me and I want him to prove me wrong.

“I want him to have the confidence to go out and play.

“There is no doubting his ability but we need to go beyond the call of duty and put the graft, he’s starting to do that.”

There was no questioning the work-ethic of Poole and his forward comrades against The Magpies as they set the tone for a gutsy triumph which was sealed when Peter Hartley headed a 69th-minute winner.

The trio were a threat throughout and Hughes was thrilled with their contribution.

“We worked hard to counter their system and when we play against five at the back we need to run the channels,” he went on.

“They did that so well with their link-up play and give-and-gos.

“The three of them are very good footballers and work well.

“They have pace as well to turn defenders.

“It gives a great out for us and they are willing workers.”