MICK Wadsworth hailed his master marksman Antony Sweeney after he climbed from the treatment table, netted his 50th goal for the club only to then leave the action on a stretcher during Saturday’s 2-0 win over Plymouth Argyle.
It was a victory which moved Pools up to eighth in League One and onto the 50-point mark with ten games still to play.
Half-ton hero Sweeney, however, is now a major doubt for tomorrow’s visit of Leyton Orient after suffering a severe gash in the same ankle which had been heavily strapped in a bid to protect the knock picked up during last week’s defeat at Carlisle United.
That he made the starting line-up for Saturday’s game was a minor footballing miracle in itself, such was the level of concern in the wake of the injury suffered at Brunton Park.
But the 27-year-old isn’t the type to merely solider through a 90 minutes, and it was he who popped up to fire the opening goal in the 20th minute and so chalk up a half century in the blue and white of Pools.
“Sweens declared himself fit on Friday, which was a huge bonus bearing in mind we thought he could be out for a long time,” said Wadsworth after seeing his side climb to eighth in League One.
“He’s such an important player for us that I was desperate for him to play, and you can see why.
“His goal was typical of him, right place, right time yet again.
“It’s not easy to get into those positions but he makes it look so simple.
“That’s 13 for the season now which is a terrific return from his position.
“I also believe it’s his 50th career goal and that’s a very good achievement for a midfield player who still has a lot of years ahead of him.”
The elation of the win and the landmark goal was tempered slightly by the sight of Sweeney leaving the field on a stretcher late in the game.
The Pools man received stitches in his ankle afterwards, although Wadsworth was relieved he hadn’t aggravated the previous injury.
“We are sorry to lose Sweens, it’s a nasty gash to the ankle and we don’t quite know the extent of it yet,” he said.
“I was relieved it was only stitches as I thought his knee had collapsed or something like that.
“He seemed to go down quite heavily at the time and we hope he is OK, but he’s doubtful for tomorrow.”
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