Harrison hails the “calming influence” of Scunthorpe defender on Hartlepool United’s defence

Scott Harrison in action for Hartlepool United against Stevenage. Picture by FRANK REID
Scott Harrison in action for Hartlepool United against Stevenage. Picture by FRANK REID
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SCOTT Harrison has heaped praise on David Mirfin’s “calming influence” on the Hartlepool United defence.

The 29-year-old Yorkshireman joined Pools on deadline day from parent club Scunthorpe United and he has been an ever present ever since.

Mirf brings a lot of experience to the side but he is also a good talker.

Scott Harrison

With his one-month loan up after tomorrow’s visit of Wimbledon, Ronnie Moore is hopeful of extending his stay until the end of the season.

And his defensive partner Harrison is certainly a big fan.

The 21-year-old – who also welcomed new striker Ryan Bird to the club – admits he can be “rash” when the pressure cranks up in matches but Mirfin helps him through matches.

“Mirf brings a lot of experience to the side but he is also a good talker,” Harrison told SportMail.

“Sometimes I can lose my head a bit and I can be a bit rash.

“But he always settles me down and I listen to him, he is a calming influence on the defence, no doubt.

“It would be a big boost to get him in until the end of the season as he is doing well for the team and the defence and if we can keep him then all the better.

“It was good to get another striker in too, he is a big lad and is capable of scoring.

“What we need is goals and that will help relieve some of the pressure on the lads at the back.”

Harrison will be hoping 27-year-old Bird, who is on loan for the next four weeks, will hit the ground running when Wimbledon visit Victoria Park.

Pools go into the Sky Bet League Two match on the back of a disappointing 1-0 defeat at Bury and Harrison will be keeping close tabs on Dons striker Adebayo Akinfenwa, the 16-stone frontman who has scored 13 goals this campaign.

“It was a tight game at Bury and we were so disappointed to lose it,” added Harrison.

“We had a good chance to score early on so to lose in the way we did was very disappointing.

“Wimbledon will be a different challenge and it will be good to test myself against someone of that size.

“They are a good team though and Akinfenwa has good feet and has skills and isn’t just a target man for them.

“He also scores goals too so it will be tough. We know that.

“This is a crucial few days, if we beat Wimbledon and then go and beat Dagenham & Redbridge on Tuesday then that will set the tone to carry on and try and get a run going.

“We have three games in just over a week and the table can change so quickly in that time so we need to make sure it is a good week.

“It is how you go about it and everybody needs to work hard.

“If we do that then there is no reason why we can’t get a result.”