Pools boss happy to have Blair Adams ready for home-town test

Blair Adams.
Blair Adams.

Craig Harrison is happy to have Blair Adams back in the fold – with the fit-again defender in contention to play in Saturday’s FA Cup derby in his home town.

South Shields lad Adams has recovered from a groin injury which sidelined him following the defeat to Fylde in late August.

He had 90 minutes the previous week in the practice game we had against Bradford

CRAIG HARRISON

The left-back has seen Nicky Deverdics take ownership of the role he was expected to occupy following his summer move from Hamilton in the Scottish Premiership.

But Adams ended his eight-match exile at the weekend at Solihull Moors, where he played the last quarter of an hour as a sub.

Adams played on the left of midfield, effectively as well, as he covered any threat coming forward from the home side.

“It was good to get Blair on. It’s funny with footballers, me included when I played, no one wants to get put on when you are being beaten,” smiled Harrison. “Everyone wants to go on when you are winning!

“Seriously, it was good for him to get some minutes.

“He had 90 minutes the previous week in the practice game we had against Bradford.”

Adams had impressed in pre-season, including a fine goal in the 6-0 win at Dunston, only for a niggling injury to interrupt his flow when the National League programme got under way.

With Deverdics having toe trouble, Adams could be in line for a first start since the loss to Fylde.