Kean carries on keeping for Pools

13 January 2011 02:42
Hartlepool United boss Mick Wadsworth will not rush either of his two keepers Scott Flinders or Andy Rafferty back following their return from injury.While first choice Flinders (thumb ligament) and Rafferty (finger) were sidelined, young Blackburn keeper Jake Kean was signed on loan as cover. [LNB]And six clean sheets in 15 league games means that Kean will now stay first choice until his loan ends in February. [LNB]"Jake will carry on until the end of his loan," Wadsworth told BBC Tees. [LNB]"It gives Scott and Andy time to get the work done, and hopefully get a couple more reserve games in. [LNB]"Jake knows the situation. He will go back, all being well, at the end of this loan spell. He's been fantastic for us." [LNB]Rafferty, 22, who is yet to make his first team debut, has been on the Pools bench for the past four matches. [LNB]Flinders, 24, has not figured since suffering his injury in mid-September. [LNB]Pools were sent tumbling out of the FA Cup at the third round stage last weekend, despite a brave display in a 4-1 defeat by Championship side Watford at Vicarage Road.[LNB] [LNB][LNB] But, despite that coming on top of the 3-0 defeat at Notts County, which ended their five-game winning run, they remain handily placed, just two points off the League One play-offs in 10th - and in positive mood for the second half of the season. [LNB]"We've done well in a sense to get through the rounds," added Wadsworth. [LNB]"It wasn't a fantastic draw for us because it was never going to be a financial bonanza. And, in a sense, it got in the way of the league programme. [LNB]"When you're in the cups you want to stay in them. But it's gone now, it's back to league action, that's all we've got, so let's look forward to it."

Source: BBC_Sport