Newcastle United beaten again - this time by Hartlepool United

Craig Hignett says he has a selection headache after watching Hartlepool United beat Newcastle United 3-1.

Thursday, 3rd March 2016, 11:41 am
Updated Thursday, 3rd March 2016, 11:46 am
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A Pools XI beat a Magpies reserve side 3-1 yesterday in a behind-closed-doors friendly, less than 24 hours after the first team were hammered 4-1 at Bristol Rovers.

It has given the Pools boss food for thought as he prepares for Saturday’s crucial League Two trip to in-form Barnet.

His reserve side includes the likes of Rakish Bingham, Dan Jones, Ebby Nelson-Addy, Kudus Oyenuga, Connor Smith and comeback man Harry Worley.

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“I want all the lads champing at the bit and to be fair they have,” said Hignett at his media conference today.

“We had a reserve game against Newcastle and all the lads did really well, put in a really good performance and won the game.

“The players did a lot of good things I liked so I have a good problem for the weekend.”

While Hignett added that he has “total faith” in his players, he said that there could be a piece of transfer business.

With Matthew Bates troubled with a back problem and Pools conceding four goals in midweek, it would be no shock if a central defender was added to the squad.

“At the moment I have total faith in the lads,” said Hignett.

“We are trying to do something this week, it’s not sorted yet but hopefully it will be by the weekend.”