PAUL Murray will start for Hartlepool United at Leyton Orient tomorrow – and boss Neale Cooper says others must look to the veteran midfielder as an example to follow.
The 35-year-old – along with youngster Jack Baldwin – was the only player to receive any positive words from the manager in the wake of Tuesday’s dismal 2-0 League One defeat at Notts County.
And Murray’s reward will be a first start of the season at Brisbane Road.
“Paul will start tomorrow,” declared Cooper. “He was the big positive from Tuesday. He came on and showed stability and quality.
“It’s just his passion – he’s a winner.
“Unfortunately, the way football has gone, you don’t get a lot of boys like that coming through the ranks any more. I hope I didn’t embarrass Paul in the changing-room, but I said that any young boys coming through should take a look at what he does and how he handles himself on and off the pitch. He’s a winner.”
It seems likely that James Poole will make way for Murray with Pools reverting to a 4-3-3 formation.
That would see Murray anchor a midfield of Tony Sweeney and Simon Walton, with Jon Franks and Andy Monkhouse pushed up to support Steve Howard.
Cooper went on: “There aren’t too many changes I can make – we don’t have that many options.”
Neil Austin is the only doubt having missed the trip to Meadow Lane because of a calf strain.