Duckworth: Hartlepool United can do a ‘Wycombe’ next season

Michael Duckworth.
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MICHAEL Duckworth sees no reason why Hartlepool United can’t do ‘a Wycombe’ and go from escaping the drop to competing for promotion.

Gareth Ainsworth’s Chairboys stayed up last season on goal difference, avoiding relegation into non-league by the narrowest of margins.

Yet this season they have been transformed, finishing fourth in Sky Bet League Two having been pipped to an automatic promotion slot by Bury.

And full-back Duckworth wants Pools to take inspiration from their turnaround in fortunes ahead of the 2015-16 campaign.

Pools finished third bottom, four points above the bottom two, after a remarkable revival in the final weeks of the season.

Duckworth said: “We have to build on the momentum that we have gained these past few weeks.

“Wycombe are right up there this season and proof that anything can happen, I think we should look at them and target something similar.

“There is no reason why we can’t.

“They didn’t have a big budget this year, but have done well and hopefully we can see a similar upturn next year.

“But for now we are just looking forward to next season.”

Pools ended the season with a 3-3 draw at Carlisle United, a game that saw Moore’s side come from 3-0 down at half-time to salvage a point.

Duckworth certainly played his part, scoring a goal of the season contender in front of 2,200 travelling fans.

He added: “I wouldn’t say we ended the season on a high but it was important to get something against Carlisle, for the fans that had travelled.

“The fans are phenomenal and have been all season.

“When we have needed them to be, they have always been there.

“We are a well followed club, 2,200 coming away even when there is nothing riding on the game, the support has just been fantastic.”