Mick Wadsworth banishes ghosts of County

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MICK Wadsworth says Hartlepool United have “exorcised the ghost” of last weekend’s haunting League One defeat at Notts County.

Pools were a shadow of the side which had won so many plaudits during the early part of the season and slumped to a 3-0 loss in front of the live Sky Sports cameras.

Wadsworth was determined to banish the anguish of that reverse at the earliest possible juncture and so met with his players and staff the following morning.

And, with a winning response against Wycombe Wanderers tomorrow the ultimate goal, Wadsworth explained the process of getting over such a disappointing defeat.

“Every now and again you get what we call a ‘rogue’ performance,” he said, ahead of the visit of the Chairboys. “It was a poor day but it’s case of getting over it as quickly as possible.

“We came in the day after and exorcised the ghost on Monday and then on Tuesday we started the work towards Saturday.

“One of the main things is to talk about it. We have to look at the things which made us strong in the past and re-emphasise those issues.”

Wadsworth has confirmed that Nobby Solano will be sidelined for up to three weeks after picking up a hamstring injury last week.

“Nobby’s not going to be available for a while,” he said. “It’s disappointing but we’ve got to get on with it.”

James Poole, who fired four goals for the reserves during the week, is one option open to Wadsworth as he looks to fill the void left by Solano’s misfortune.

The 21-year-old has started just once in League One this term but now comes into the reckoning for tomorrow’s game.

Also in the reserves side which beat Rotherham were Stephen Wright, Steve Haslam, Nathan Luscombe and James Brown, and Wadsworth says he has a few decisions to make with regards tomorrow’s team selection.

He went on: “It’s been tough the past few weeks for the fringe players. They would have enjoyed seeing the team do well but when the team does poorly they see a chink of opportunity. James is one of a number of options but the squad has improved drastically just in the time I’ve been here.

“So we’ll do what we need to in terms of changes.”