Mick Wadsworth wants perfect home send-off

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MICK Wadsworth will call on his Hartlepool United players to give the club’s supporters a victorious send-off tomorrow afternoon.

Pools welcome play-off chasing Bournemouth to The Vic for their final home game.

And Wadsworth believes the curtain call against The Cherries deserves to be a winning one, given the success of the season.

“It’s the last home game and a chance to say thank you to the supporters for their backing this year,” the Pools boss said.

“We’ll be doing that after the game with a lap of honour. But we also want to give them something to enjoy and remember in the 90 minutes beforehand because they deserve that and so do the players.

“There have been a few highs and lows at home this season but one thing they have always done is stick by us.

“But on the whole this has been a terrific year for the club and the fans. And what a nice feeling it is not having to go into this game desperate for a result.

A victory for The Cherries would all but guarantee their place in the play-offs given the three-point gap and sizeable goal difference over seventh-placed Leyton Orient.

Mathematically Pools can still finish anywhere between 19th and 10th and a top-half position remains Wadsworth’s aim.

“People might think there’s not a lot riding on these last two games, but there’s a helluva difference in terms of where we can finish,” he said.

“To finish in that top half, given what was expected, would be terrific.”

“I believe it would be a fair reflection of the season and would be a tremendous platform on which to build next year.”

On the team news front, Wadsworth will be without suspended skipper Sam Collins for tomorrow’s game.

Steve Haslam has been struggling with blisters this week and Paul Murray has missed some training because of a minor knee problem.

James Brown and Neil Austin are both back in full training following ankle layoffs and they are vying for a place in the starting line-up.