Hartlepool United assistant manager Joe Parkinson explains tactical changes that led to Dagenham & Redbridge win

Hartlepool United’s attacking from wide areas finally paid dividends in Saturday’s 1-0 win over Dagenham & Redbridge.

Monday, 23rd December 2019, 4:45 pm
Updated Monday, 23rd December 2019, 4:45 pm
Josh Hawkes has a shot against Dagenham & Redbridge (photo: Frank Reid)

Left-back Mark Kitching has been given license to bomb forward and attack by Dave Challinor and the Pools’ coaching team, leading to the winning goal against The Daggers at Victoria Park.

“We tweaked some of the movements at half time really and then as the game went on we made changes and luckily one of them helped out with the goal,” said assistant manager Joe Parkinson.

“Tyler [Hamilton] is very good at dropping into little pockets of space and he’s very sharp and a good passer of the ball too.

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“It was a great lay-off and credit to Kitch as well for making those forward runs which I thought he did really well and then the finish, was it a cross, I’m not sure?!

“The manager teased him about that but he’s finished it and everyone is so pleased for him and more importantly it set us on our way to see the game off.”

Parkinson also highlighted another important player for Pools in wide areas.

“People tend to double up on Gime [Toure] which is great for Kitch because it means if we get the ball and the timing right with the overlap then we can create problems,” he added.

“We got down both flanks really well at times but just didn’t have enough people in the box, especially in the first half.

“We were limited to shots from distance but we kept plugging away and got our reward in the end.”

*Jose Mourinho has confirmed that Tottenham have appealed Son Heung-min's red card against Chelsea.

The South Korea international was sent off in the second half of the 2-0 defeat after VAR ruled that he kicked out at Antonio Rudiger - an incident which played its part in Rudiger being racially abused.

Mourinho confirmed to the PA news agency that the club would appeal it and said: "I hope Son is not punished five times.

"One time was the foul that Rudiger did on him. The second is to be sent off.

"The third would be not to play against Brighton. The fourth not to play against Norwich and the fifth not to play against Southampton.

"So I think to be punished twice is enough."