Pools have “exorcised the ghost” of Notts County defeat

Paul Murray stretches to win the ball in the midfield during the 3-0 defeat to Notts County. Picture by FRANK REID
Paul Murray stretches to win the ball in the midfield during the 3-0 defeat to Notts County. Picture by FRANK REID

MICK Wadsworth says Hartlepool United have “exorcised the ghost” of last weekend’s haunting defeat at Notts County.

Pools were a shadow of the side which had won so many plaudits during the early part of the season and slumped to a 3-0 loss in front of the live Sky Sports cameras.

Wadsworth was determined to banish the anguish of that reverse at the earliest possible juncture and so met with his players and staff the following morning.

And, with a winning response against Wycombe Wanderers tomorrow the ultimate goal, Wadsworth explained to SportMail the process of getting over such a disappointing defeat.

“Every now and again you get what we call a ‘rogue’ performance,” he said ahead of the visit of the Chairboys.“It was a poor day, but it’s case of getting over it as quickly as possible.

“We came in the day after and exorcised the ghost on Monday and then on Tuesday we started the work towards Saturday.”

He added: “One of the main things is to talk about it.

“We have to look at the things which made us strong in the past and re-emphasise those issues.

“You can have a discussion, or a lecture, or sometimes both and look at the rights and wrongs and then get rid of it.

“You can’t dwell on it because sometimes the more you stir something up, the more problems it gives you.

“You have words and you move on. That’s served us very well in the past and we’re hoping it does this time.”

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