Date: 30th January 2014 at 12:49pm
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They do say that Rome wasn’t built in a day and another one is something like one swallow doesn’t make a summer, so it’s important not to get too carried away by Jack Barmby after his debut for us at the Vic last Saturday.

He couldn’t have made a better impact though could he, scoring within seven-minutes of coming off the bench to make sure Hartlepool had won two-nil against York.

Coops brought Barmby in from Manchester United on loan last Thursday and he made quite an impact on everyone with a curler into the top corner. Coops certainly thought he warranted praise heaped upon him telling BBC Sport.

‘Jack, from when we spoke to him, wants to come and impress people and show why he is at Manchester United. He wants to play football.

‘We spoke on Friday after training and I said he may have to be a bit patient with me, but I said he would get on and I said I would love to give him a game when he can express himself and enjoy himself.

‘Considering it’s his first taste of football he wanted the ball, was productive and put defenders on the back foot. We are very lucky to have him.’

Hartlepool are lucky to have him, are we? I hope that those words prove to be true and the striker can continue to impress for his loan that will go well enough for him to have the loan extended until the end of the season? I also hope that he’ll be ending the season, or the loan he has with us, saying he was happy to spend time at the Vic.

It sounded like Barmby had a great impact at the Vic on Saturday, but I didn’t see the game so I don’t know quite how much but scoring doesn’t go against you does it. Can someone who was at the game stress how good he looked.

That performance wasn’t enough to bring him a start against Wimbledon this week with him again coming off the bench but this time he couldn’t inspire a win.

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