Loan Watch: Debut for Craig

by Stuart Vose

Youngster makes first Pools appearance.

Craig Lynch finished on the losing side after making his debut for Npower League One side Hartlepool United over the weekend.

The Sunderland youngster joined Pools on a month’s loan on Saturday morning and was signed in time to make his debut against Carlisle at Victoria Park.

Forward Lynch came off the substitutes’ bench just after the hour with the hosts leading 1-0 thanks to James Poole’s 40th-minute goal.

But former Everton man Danny Cadamarteri levelled with 14 minutes from time before Neil Austin was sent off for a second bookable offence.

And the Cumbrians made the most of the man advantage, taking all three points when Matty Robson netted an 85th-minute winner against his former club.

Pools boss Neale Cooper remained pleased with his side’s display despite the late defeat.

"We had the chances to have won the game by a few goals but just didn't take them," he told the club’s official website. 

"It's very hard to go in and criticise the players after the game because that is some of the best football we've played since I came back to the club. 

"I think we showed a bit of indiscipline; we went chasing a little bit and there was no need for it, I think we just need to manage the game a bit better.”

Lynch will be hoping for a first start when United make the long trip to Bournemouth this Saturday.