HARTLEPOOL United boss Mick Wadsworth hailed his master marksman Antony Sweeney after he climbed from the treatment table, netted his 50th goal for the club only to then leave the action on a stretcher during Saturday’s 2-0 win over Plymouth Argyle.
Sweeney is now a major doubt for tomorrow’s League One visit of Leyton Orient after suffering a severe gash in the same ankle which had been heavily strapped in a bid to protect the knock picked up during last Tuesday’s defeat at Carlisle.
That Sweeney made the starting line-up for Saturday was a minor footballing miracle in itself, such was the level of concern in the wake of the injury at Brunton Park.
But the 27-year-old isn’t the type to merely solider through 90 minutes, and he popped up to fire the opening goal in the 20th minute, chalking up a half century for Pools.
“Sweens declared himself fit on Friday, which was a huge bonus bearing in mind we thought he could be out for a long time,” said Wadsworth after seeing his side climb to eighth place – two places, but 11 points, outside the play-off zone.
“He’s such an important player for us that I was desperate for him to play, and you can see why.
“His goal was typical of him – right place, right time yet again.
“It’s not easy to get into those positions, but he makes it look so simple.
“That’s 13 for the season now, which is a terrific return from his position.”