The draw of helping turn around Hartlepool’s season was too hard to turn down says Bradford star

Matty Dolan. Picture by FRANK REID
Matty Dolan. Picture by FRANK REID
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MATTY Dolan says the draw of returning to Hartlepool United and helping his hometown team save their season was too much to turn down.

Pools are rock bottom of the Football League and the 21-year-old says it is “killing him” see his team struggle.

The Bradford City midfielder was in from the start against Wycombe Wanderers after signing on a month-long loan but was unable to prevent Pools suffering their 13th league defeat of the campaign.

Dolan said it was an “easy decision” to come back and is convinced there is enough quality in the squad to bridge the six-point gap and get out of trouble.

“It is killing me, the position we are in,“ Dolan told SportMail.

“I have mates who are season ticket holders and off season I play five-a-side with diehard fans – and it is not a nice position to be in.

“I don’t think the quality in that dressing room should be anywhere near the bottom of the league.

“It is just a case of getting that first result and going on a run -–we did that last season just before Christmas.

“We need to make sure we are doing everything right and the gaffer and Willie [Donachie] are pushing everybody to get it.

“The manager is so enthusiastic and that will bubble over into the lads.”

It is Dolan’s second loan spell after spending the first half of last season here under then boss Colin Cooper, scoring two goals in 25 appearances.

He was recalled by parent club Boro in January before spending the second half of the season on loan at the Bantams, who signed him permanently in the summer.

Dolan has struggled to get into the Bradford first team under boss Phil Parkinson - making only nine appearances this term - and he jumped at the chance to return to Pools.

“It was an easy decision for me to come back,” said Dolan who will be at Pools until the end of December.

“I hadn’t been playing at Bradford and needed to be playing football. You can’t be a footballer and not play 90 minutes on a Saturday.

“The gaffer down there knew how frustrated I was and he had to let me out on loan, which was good.

“I haven’t done anything wrong, I played games and did well.

“Sometimes it just happens and the lads that had been playing have been good.

“It was just a case of keeping my head right and being a good professional.

“It is nice to be home though and I check the fixtures and the results every week.

“It means a lot to me and this is a time to roll up the sleeves and get out of it.

“You can’t hide, everyone can see we are bottom of the league.”