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Hartlepool United boss Wadsworth impressed by Donaldson

Ryan Donaldson
Donaldson made his Pools debut against Notts County on Tuesday

Hartlepool first-team coach Mick Wadsworth was impressed with on-loan Newcastle striker Ryan Donaldson in Tuesday's 1-1 draw with Notts County.

The 19-year-old lasted 71 minutes of his debut at Victoria Park before being replaced by James Brown.

"His link-up play was good, he's got a good touch and appreciation around him," Wadsworth told BBC Tees.

"He worked hard, turned well with the ball and I expect him to get better and better and I know he will."

Huddersfield's participation in the FA Cup means that Pools have a free weekend, and a break in a two games a week schedule for the first time in a fortnight.

Results have reflected Pools' fatigue, with Tuesday's draw extending the run of games without a win to six, since their 4-2 win over Oldham on New Year's Day at Victoria Park.

"What we need to do is get back to where we were, we are probably 10%, 15% below par throughout the team," Wadsworth added.

"We're just not as bright and quick as we were, so the lads will get a well earned rest this weekend.

"All the players will get a couple of days off at least because it has been a particularly tough month."

Pools' next match comes against Oldham Athletic at Boundary Park on Tuesday, 1 February.

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