HARTLEPOOL boss Mick Wadsworth doesn’t want his players to forget about the injustice of the weekend defeat against MK Dons.
Instead, he believes they can use that angst to their advantage when they take on Southampton at Victoria Park tonight.
Pools, beaten 1-0 on Saturday, were denied a legitimate leveller in the second half when Ryan Donaldson was adjudged to have handled prior to stabbing home a close-range effort.
Wadsworth’s boys also saw a plausible penalty shout waved away by referee Gary Sutton as they slipped to just their second home defeat since September.
And the Pools boss said: “Of course the players can channel that frustration from the weekend and use it to their advantage. I think they’ll be ready for tonight and will want to make up for Saturday.
“We’ve now seen the replays of Ryan’s disallowed goal and we’re quite angry because it wasn’t a handball.
“In my time in football, it’s not very often I’ve seen a team lose at home and get applauded off like we did,” added Wadsworth.
“Fans realise and recognise and they knew we had been unjustly treated in a one-sided game. I know the fans will get right behind us because of that and Tuesday night games generally go well here – there’s an atmosphere that we like.”
The visit of Nigel Adkin’s men is the last in a trio of home games which kicked off with a 2-1 victory over Charlton Athletic seven days ago.
Ritchie Humphreys (right) will set a new club appearance record should he appear tonight, surpassing Watty Moore’s total of 472.
The striker, though, could have to settle for a place on the bench having played 70 minutes against The Dons, meaning James Brown could be in line for a recall.
Joe Gamble is also on red alert for a starting berth with veteran Paul Murray having played in both of the last two matches and looking in need of a breather.