Pools boss has confidence in rookie Rafferty

Andy Rafferty in action against Stevenage. Picture by FRANK REID
Andy Rafferty in action against Stevenage. Picture by FRANK REID

MICK Wadsworth admits that he now has no qualms over throwing deputy goalkeeper Andy Rafferty into his first-team, writes Craig Hope.

The 23-year-old came in for what was only his second-ever start during last Saturday’s 2-0 win at Scunthorpe United.

That appearance came following an 80-minute outing against Stevenage seven days earlier having been thrust into the action in the wake of Scott Flinders’ red card.

In nearly three hours of football Rafferty has been beaten just once – from the penalty spot – and has impressed his manager during that time.

So much so, Wadsworth told SportMail today that he has no worries over giving Rafferty an extended stay in the side should Flinders fall foul of injury or suspension in the future.

“Should anything happen with Scott then I would feel more comfortable now putting Andy in than I did a year ago,” he said of the former Guisborough Town stopper.

“But Andy’s performance last week was excellent and I could not fault him.

“He needed that game because he’s been sat about waiting for his chance.

“He was nervous before the game – and that’s right and proper – but during the game I thought he was so calm and controlled his emotions very well – that contributed to a sound display.”