Micky Barron happy to put faith in Hartlepool United youth

Hartlepool United caretaker boss Micky Barron has said he made the right choice in bringing youth-team talents into the first-team squad.

Barron handed debuts to defender Jack Baldwin, 18, and midfielder Luke James, 17, in Saturday's 1-0 defeat by Colchester United at Victoria Park.

"None of them showed any signs of nerves," Barron told BBC Tees.

"We have to be careful with them, but I thought today was the right time to put them in the team."

He continued: "If you ask the kids if they want to play in a struggling team, or not play in the team, they'd rather play.

"I think it's good to have the kids around. They don't worry about things. They just do what you ask them to do and get on and play their football."

Baldwin started at centre-back alongside captain Sam Collins, while James impressed after he was introduced for James Brown at half-time.

"Jack's been terrific since he's come to the club," Barron said.

"He wants to learn. He's always asking questions and wanting to do more on the training ground.

"Luke is a breath of fresh air. He's a talent that I haven't seen for a long time - someone who can naturally come on and play, at such a high level as well.

"It was nice to see them today. It would have been nice to see them in a winning team but they both handled themselves really well."

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