Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Skipper's Praise for Partner Gary

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Skipper's Praise for Partner Gary

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Byline: ADAM STEEL

SKIPPER Sam Collins has hailed Gary Liddle's defensive performances for Hartlepool as they look to maintain their solid away form at Oldham tonight.

Former Boro Academy star Liddle is a cornerstone of a Pools side who have yet to concede in 300 minutes on their travels, having thrived after being switched to central defence alongside Collins.

The Pools captain says quiet man Liddle - a central midfielder by trade - is letting his performances do the talking and he feels they are complementing each other well.

"I'm enjoying it alongside Gary Liddle. He is very comfortable on the ball and he doesn't really panic," said the big Pools captain.

"He is obviously learning, he is still a young lad, but I think he really enjoys it.

"He seems quite natural there, he doesn't look out of place.

"He doesn't really say a great deal, you just let him get on with it because you know what he is going to do really and he is doing really well. …

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