Frustration hitting Pools hard as postponements mount up

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Hartlepool United’s players are feeling the “frustration” of an unwanted mid-season break.

That is the message of Michael Woods after Pools suffered the THIRD postponement in a row following the wash-out of Saturday’s match at Newport County.

Pools had travelled to Wales on New Year’s day in readiness for the six-pointer only for heavy rain to make Rodney Parade unplayable.

To make matters even worse, both Yeovil and Dagenham & Redbridge both won at the weekend to leave Pools closer to the League Two drop zone.

With Ronnie Moore’s side in FA Cup third-round action against Derby County this Saturday, Pools could find themselves in the bottom two when they resume their League Two programme at home to Wycombe on January 16.

By that stage, Pools will have FIVE maches in hand over the Glovers and Daggers.

Woods told SportMail: “It’s so frustrating – all you want as a play is to be playing games and we’ve not had a match since December 19.

“The festive period is supposed to be a good time for a footballer, but it’s just been one of frustration for us.

“We trained Christmas Day for the Boxing Day game against Notts County and that was called off.

“We knew the Carlisle match was off, but we’d looked forward to getting back out there against Newport.

“We travelled down New Year’s Day and then for it to be called off at 8am was gutting.

“I’ve heard people say these postponements could be a blessing in disguise with the players we’ve got out injured [Michael Duckworth, Carl Magnay and Billy Paynter].

“Only time will tell if it is a good thing.

“As a player, you just want to be playing so it’s frustrating to say the least at the moment.

“If we strengthen the side in the transfer window and we get those bodies back from injury then may be it might not have been a bad thing.

“It’s going to be pretty much a month between league games and when we get back we need to start getting points on the board.”

Pools did some training at the hotel on Saturday before making the six-hour trek back to the North East.

And Woods says the manager has been careful to make sure Pools do not lose any fitness.

“We did a lot of running last week with the Notts County and Carlisle games being off,” he said.

“And Saturday was not a case of getting straight on the bus and coming home, the gaffer put us through a session.

“We went into the gym and did some boxing and weights.

“We had yesterday off but we’re back in today and I think we’ll probably be having an in-house friendly.

“The gaffer wants to make sure we are not under-cooked for the Derby game and that’s why we’ve done the extra training last week and that’s why we’ll have a match.

“It will knock any ring-rust off and get some game time in our legs.”