RYAN Noble will have to wait before regaining his place in the Hartlepool United starting line-up – with caretaker boss Micky Barron demanding more from the Sunderland loanee.
The 21-year-old saw his Pools stay extended by a further month this week, although the belated confirmation of that deal meant he started from the bench against Tranmere Rovers.
Noble entered the action with the game still goalless but failed to make an impact as Pools slipped to a 2-0 defeat.
And it looks as if the striker will again be named among the substitutes when Barron’s boys make the mammoth trek to Yeovil Town tomorrow.
It was at Huish Park last season that Noble opened his professional account with the only goal, but Barron admits his form this time around needs to improve.
“We need to see a lot more from Ryan,” said the 37-year-old boss.
“I was disappointed in him when he came on, I really was. It was at a time when the game was changing and I wanted him to get the momentum back to us. He didn’t do that.
“At times he looked a little bit lazy and like he didn’t want to do the ugly side.
“Unless he does, then he won’t get in the team.”
Barron is set to name an unchanged side in Somerset having been pleased with the midweek reaction to last weekend’s 6-1 drubbing at Chesterfield.
“For me, the players did well on Wednesday and we can’t chop and change when we say that otherwise they’ll stop believing in us,” he said.
“So we’ll set up the same way we did at Brentford because that worked well.
“Away from home it sometimes suits us when teams come at us – as long as it’s not Chesterfield!”
Jordan Richards came in for his first start of the season against the Merseysiders. And the 19-year-old will retain his place at right-back.
Andy Monkhouse (ankle) and Luke James (hernia) remain sidelined.
Peter Hartley, meanwhile, looks set to retain the Hartlepool captaincy on a permanent basis.
Barron believes the 24-year-old could wear the armband for “the foreseeable future” at Victoria Park.
Hartley led Pools on Wednesday, even though usual skipper Sam Collins had also started the game.
“Peter is a leader amongst the lads,” said Barron. “On the training pitch and around the place he is good with the majority of the lads.
“That’s not to say Sam’s isn’t. I just think with Peter he’s someone who can do it for the foreseeable future. Sam didn’t have a problem with it and I thought he played well.”