Dave Challinor discusses impact of Myles Anderson since returning to Hartlepool United from Aldershot Town loan

Hartlepool United manager Dave Challinor feels Myles Anderson has shown ‘promising signs’ on his return to the first team set-up.

Saturday, 18th January 2020, 7:00 am
Myles Anderson battles with Dover's Inih Effiong during the Vanarama National League match between Dover Athletic and Hartlepool United at the Crabble Athletic Ground, Dover on Saturday 11th January 2020. (Credit: Matt Bristow | MI News)

The defender, who recently came back from a loan spell at fellow National League side Aldershot Town, made his first start since returning in last Saturday’s game at Dover Athletic.

When discussing Anderson’s impact since returning, Challinor said: “In terms of last weekend, first half especially, there were promising signs, second half we’ve spoken to him about it.

“With him and Lidds [Gary Liddle] and their experience, he is higher up the pitch, he needs to be more on the front foot and that’s where they’ve got to show their organisational skills and leadership to be able to do that and keep us on the front foot.

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“Again that will come with us explaining where we need them to be.”

Anderson made four appearances during his month at the Hampshire club, after falling out of favour in the North East following injury. .

And after injuries to fellow defenders Kenton Richardson, Fraser Kerr and Michael Raynes, an opportunity has arisen for Anderson at Victoria Park.

Challinor added: “He’s missed a lot of football over the course of the season so he’s gone out and played some games.

“He obviously involved at Aldershot and then was in and around the bench for them.

“As I said previously, ultimately one person’s misfortune can be another person’s fortune and you have to take that opportunity when it comes about and Myles has had an opportunity through injuries that have come in elsewhere.

“I think you look at where people are it’s ultimately about going and doing a good job and if you can do a good job you’ll stay in the team.

“There’s the advantage in the fact that the team is limited in terms of the left side and the balance down that side.

“Obviously with Luke [Molyneux] being out we’ve only got Kitch [Mark Kitching] and Myles who are left footers so it does give him that natural balance there.”