Hughes warns Hartlepool United flops

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JOHN Hughes has warned his Hartlepool United players that he will “see through” those who do not deserve to stay, writes CRAIG HOPE.

Since November, the Scot has been assessing the playing staff he inherited with one eye on building his own squad come the summer.

Hughes felt his men let down their club on Tuesday night as they were soundly beaten by relegation rivals Oldham. That result is likely to prove fatal in Pools’ bid for League One survival.

And the display could yet have far greater consequence for some players, as Hughes said: “I didn’t blow my top on Tuesday because I know what I’ve got in the dressing room and I know what needs to be done at this club. I know where I want to take the club.

“What I’m saying to these boys is ‘if you want to be part of that then go and show me what you’ve got – don’t get left behind’. If not then football evolves, that’s what happens.

“But maybe that was a game too far for some of them.”

Pools now face Walsall at Victoria Park on Saturday when they are likely to miss striker James Poole (knee). Ritchie Humphreys (calf) is also a major doubt.