Pools boss Hignett considers whether to stick or twist at Plymouth

Craig Hignett
Craig Hignett

Craig Hignett admits he's considering whether to stick or twist ahead of Hartlepool United's trip to table topping Plymouth Argyle.

Speaking from the club's training base at Maiden Castle this morning the Pools manager says he was delighted with the way his team played last week, despite failing to get the breakthrough in the Mansfield stalemate.

And although he has a couple of selection conundrums - including how to replace sidelined Carl Magnay - Hignett is still unsure as to what type of team he will select at the weekend.

When asked whether he was considering changing things up, he said: "I could have went for it last week but I thought we created enough chances.

"We were on top in the game and there was no need to change it.

"We looked solid enough and it is good to get a clean sheet.

"Because of what happened in previous games we had to do that and the response was, and has been, good.

"We have got a lot of games coming up.

"And with Carl's injury the will be extra onus on the defender's to step up."

On the injury front Rob Jones will find out today whether he will be fit enough to travel with the rest of squad in 24 hours.

Hignett is hopeful the 36-year-old will be fit, but as he revealed in the Mail on Wednesday, the match is almost certain to come around too soon for Matthew Bates.

When asked about the duo, he gaffer said: "They are not a million miles away.

"Rob is doing some light stuff this week, we are just seeing how he reacts.

"Matty Bates might be a little bit longer. He has got a bit of bone bruising.

"We will see how long it takes for the bruising to die down and then he can step it up.

"It might be the case that we have to give them a few more days."