Hartlepool United bid to end ‘crisis’

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HARTLEPOOL United’s senior players have had a “crisis meeting” – and pledged to turn their stuttering season around.

The group, including club captain Ritchie Humphreys, skipper Sam Collins and experienced players Paul Murray and Andy Monkhouse, met at the club’s Maiden Castle training centre in an effort to arrest a slide which is threatening to plunge Pools towards the wrong end of League One.

The upshot was a unified determination to halt a run of five defeats in six matches, starting with tomorrow’s trip to Leyton Orient.

Manager Mick Wadsworth has welcomed such resolve among his men.

“The senior lads got together this week and they’ve made a pledge to turn things around,” he explained. “They got together to take a responsibility to help us all get out of this bad run.

“I really like that sort of pro-active approach. I let the players have their say and I’m not frightened of that.

“It’s rare we get into debates because I don’t like that – but I do like opinions when they’re asked for. Myself and the staff have to listen to the players and it’s important that senior players have their say.

“You can’t have senior players like Paul Murray sat in the dressing room and not listen to him, likewise with Sam. They’ve got experience and we’ll try to use that to get us out of the problem.”

Wadsworth could welcome Antony Sweeney back into the squad after his recovery from a groin strain.