Fenwick salutes Hartlepool United midfield promptings of Tshibola, Woods

Scott Fenwick takes on Portsmouth last week

Scott Fenwick takes on Portsmouth last week

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SCOTT Fenwick has lavished praise on midfield duo Aaron Tshibola and Michael Woods describing the pair as “proper players”.

The Pools striker has put the recent upturn in fortunes down to the influence the duo are having on Ronnie Moore’s side, claiming if they play well then the whole team plays well.

Fenwick’s recent influence cannot be underestimate either, having scored four goals in six starts since joining the club from non-league.

But is currently out with an ankle injury and boss Moore said he is “90 per cent out” of Stevenage at home tomorrow.

Instead, the 24-year-old will have to make do with watching from the sidelines and he will be keeping a particular eye on Reading loanee Tshibola and Woods dictating play from the middle.

“Tish and Woodsy are proper players, when they play well we do,” said Fenwick.

“I don’t think people realise that whatever level of football you play, the two central midfielders are so important.

“Everything dictates from there.

“The defence can drop back but if the midfielders are making their tackles and playing the ball then it gives everyone a platform.”

Outgoing Fenwick certainly isn’t shy in going forward and he says the recent upturn in results – which has seen the gap to safety reduced to six points – has lifted everyone in the dressing room.

Where before it was like a morgue, now the players are upbeat and confident going about their business.

Fenwick added: “The dressing room is great now and we are definitely getting there.

“I have seen changes since I came here, people are believing in themselves more and digging each other out when before it wasn’t happening.

“It feels like everyone is together, in the past it was heads down.”

The former Dunston UTS and Durham City forward has also “pleasantly surprise” boss Moore since he took charge.

Moore was openly critical of the striker in his first few weeks but his recent performances have convinced his manager, who describes Fenwick as the best finisher at the club.

He will therefore be another big miss tomorrow, with Moore set to again partner Marvin Morgan and Marlon Harewood up front.

Moore said: “Scott has been a credit really, the way he has picked up things.

“We have played him wide left, not chalk on your heels wide, but in that strange position.

“He has taken to it and I said I don’t want you holding hands with the linesman when the ball is on the opposite side, I want you in the box putting the ball in the back of the net.

“That is what he has done and his goals got us moving in the right direction.”