Hartlepool United’s Ritchie Humphreys happy to get a midweek break

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HARTLEPOOL United’s players can see light at the end of the tunnel – and not just because they have reached the 50-point mark.

Pools can’t wait to get back to just playing weekends after a gruelling run of fixtures.

Their unlucky 1-0 home defeat by Leyton Orient was their fifth Tuesday night outing in a row and their last of the season.

Pools have played 19 games in 11 weeks and Ritchie Humphreys (left) admits a sequence of weekend games, starting with a trip to revitalised Walsall, is a welcome sight for Mick Wadsworth’s squad.

“It’s been a tough old haul,” said Humphreys, who has been assisting Wadsworth with the coaching as well as still continuing his playing duties.

“We’ve had a Tuesday game every week for the last five weeks and for those who have played every single game it has been a hard run.

“There have been a lot of high-tempo games against some very good sides. But we’ve come out of it pretty well and we’ve put ourselves into a great position in the league.”