Mick Wadsworth: Hartlepool United are now safe

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MICK Wadsworth has heralded the victory which he believes has secured Hartlepool United’s League One status.

Pools cruised to a 3-1 success over Yeovil Town on Saturday and in doing so eased 12 points clear of the drop zone with just five games remaining.

And Wadsworth said: “I would definitely think these points make us safe.

“We may have been anyway without them but this win makes sure and that’s a terrific achievement.

“But we are never satisfied, we want to get to 60 points which would mean a real progressive season and we still have five games to play to get there.”

Pools had to come from behind to claim their victory after Jonathan Obika had broken the deadlock with a breathtaking volley on 10 minutes.

Adam Boyd levelled with an instinctive finish soon after before second-half goals from Sam Collins and Colin Larkin sealed maximum points.

“It was a good team performance,” Wadsworth went on, “It was a tight game at times though.

“Both teams changed their shapes throughout and we came out on top and got our tactics spot on in the second half.

“We had a decent start yet fell behind to what was a wonder goal – it can’t be described as anything else.

“But we got level shortly afterwards with a good Adam Boyd strike.

“In the second-half we got on top of them in a five-minute spell and came out of it with two goals to win the game”

He added: “We know how important set-plays are to us and we made the most of them.

“Our first two goals came from set-plays and we spend a lot of time and thought on them and have a good percentage of goals from there.

“After the goals from Sam and Colin we went on to dominate the game and closed it out very professionally.”

Larkin had only been on the pitch for 60 seconds when he netted with his first touch, turning home Evan Horwood’s near-post delivery.

And Wadsworth was delighted with the substitute’s immediate impact.

“I’m pleased for Colin to score and he deserves it,” he said.