Ex-Sunderland keeper Carson rues Pools’ festive call-off

Trevor Carson
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Trevor Carson was “gutted” to be without a game over the festive period - but relieved none of Hartlepool United’s rivals have “capitalised” on the situation so far.

Pools already knew today’s trip to Carlisle was off and re-scheduled for February.

But the club suffered a blow when the potetially-lucrative Boxing Day fixture with Notts County as postponed on Saturday because of a waterlogged pitch.

York, one place and five points behind Pools, also saw their match washed out following floods in the city.

The two sides in League Two’s relegation zone both lost, Dagenham & Redbridge 3-0 at home to Cambridge and Yeovil 1-0 at leaders Plymouth.

That left the pair seven points behind Pools, with inferior goal differences as well, with Ronnie Moore’s side with two games in hand.

Pools also have two games in hand on the teams immediately above them, Newport County, who are also on 20 points, and Stevenage who are six points better off.

“It was disappointing not have played Notts County, especially knowing we were not going to get to play today as well,” said former Sunderland keeper Carson.

“We were looking forward to the game and the chance of picking up three points.

“Luckily enough the teams below us haven’t capitalised.”

Moore described the postponement of today’s trip to Carlisle as a blessing so he and Sam Collins can take in matches.

It was reported last week that the Pools boss had been recommended players for the transfer window and he and Collins were going to watch them personally.

Carson believes a new signing or two could provide just the lift needed by Pools who have lost their last four League Two games.

“We can’t afford to have five or six players out of form at the moment,” he explained.

“It’s really hurting us and it’s hard to put your finger on why.

“Hopefully it will change but I know the manager is looking to bring in players, that would be a great help for the squad and I’d be all for it.

“We do need that extra bit of quality, first and foremost, to get us out the run we’re currently on but then to kick on.

“There are teams around us which I think, on paper, have not got as good a squad as we have but they are getting results and we’re not. That needs to be addressed.”

Carson added: “It was frustrating given how good we had to be at Christmas, avoiding fatty foods and not having a drink, and then to wake up on Boxing Day and be told the game was off.

“You’d like to rewind 24 hours and have a little drink and enjoy the craic better, but such is life.”

“It sometimes depends from club to club whether you are in on Christmas Day.

“I agree with it totally, if you are to prepare for a game properly then you have to train the day before.

“I like the festive period, it’s tradition to be playing a lot over this period and I like it and you are gutted when it’s off.”