Pools boss looks to senior stars to steady ship

Mick Wadsworth and Michael Barron have words with the Assistant Referee. Picture by FRANK REID
Mick Wadsworth and Michael Barron have words with the Assistant Referee. Picture by FRANK REID
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MICK Wadsworth will look to his senior players in a bid to steady the ship at Hartlepool United, writes CRAIG HOPE.

The squad reconvened at Maiden Castle this morning after an extended break over the weekend with preparations beginning for Saturday’s trip to Brentford.

Wadsworth will think carefully about how to approach the game, having watched his side lose back-to-back home matches last week, taking the run of home defeats to seven on the spin.

Those results meant Pools missed the chance to re-enter play-off territory and they sit 13th in League One, still just five points from sixth position.

But Wadsworth will be desperate for a result at Griffin Park and he has underlined the importance of his more experienced squad members during what has been a testing period.

“We’ve all got to remain calm, myself included and get back to what we were doing so well earlier in the season,” he told SportMail.

“I know these players are capable of doing that. We’ve got too many good, experienced players in there for that not to be the case.

“We’ve had bad patches before, but the players have got together and sorted it out and that’s something I welcome.

“Players such as Paul Murray, Sam Collins, Ritchie Humphreys, Stephen Wright and a few others are important and if they’ve got something to say then I welcome it.

“We’ve all got to stick together and I’ve got every confidence we’ll come through this.

“We’re still doing okay and the good start means we’ve got that basis to pick up again.

“Things change quickly and nothing lasts forever – if we can string a couple of good results together then all of a sudden we’re looking up again.

“Hopefully, the break will be a good thing.

“We didn’t have any choice in the matter, so you’ve got to make the best of it and I hope we have.”