Mick Wadsworth looks to go two up front to stop the Hartlepool goal drought

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MICK Wadsworth admits he could be tempted to pair James Brown and Ryan Donaldson in attack in a bid to sharpen his side’s scoring threat.

The Hartlepool boss has, so far, held back from using two out-and-out frontmen in tandem, instead preferring to stick with the 4-5-1 system which served the team so well in the latter part of 2010.

But a January goal drought, which lasted one minute shy of the seven-hour mark, has hastened calls for a more attacking formation – and the addition of loanee Donaldson could accelerate that change.

Speaking ahead of tonight’s League One clash at Oldham Athletic, Wadsworth said: “I could be tempted to play those two (Donaldson and Brown) together and I don’t see a reason why not.

“We’ve not played 4-4-2 this season, but we’ll have to see how we approach it.”

Gary Liddle’s strike in last Tuesday’s 1-1 draw with Notts County signalled the end of that barren in spell in front of goal.

“Of course it (goal drought) was something we were aware of,” Wadsworth said. “But we’ve shown over the season that we can score goals, although we have shared them out.

“Antony Sweeney has been a big part of that, but various people have got twos, threes and fours and that’s what we need to do again now.

“In bringing young Ryan in, who’s got a good record at the levels he’s played at, let’s hope he can fire one or two in for us as well.”

The point against The Magpies was just Pools’ second since their 4-2 win over tonight’s opponents at Victoria Park on New Year’s Day.

And Wadsworth said: “That’s our bad spell, hopefully. We got a decent draw last week and hopefully can build on that now.”

He added: “We’ve got a clean bill of health going into the game – which is always nice.”

Wadsworth welcomes back keeper Scott Flinders from injury at Oldham.

The former Barnsley stopper is back from a three-month thumb ligament lay-off and with two reserve games having been negotiated with no ill-effects, he will start at Boundary Park this evening.