Date: 7th April 2008 at 2:29pm
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Hartlepool United manager Danny Wilson has admitted the absence of striker Ritchie Barker has forced him to change his style of play.

Barker was missing for Saturday’s trip to Bristol Rovers and Wilson told the Mail Pools couldn’t play their usual game ”We couldn’t knock the long ball and had to have a little bit more thought in our play. ”

David Foley, Joel Porter and Matty Robson formed a forward 3 for large parts of the game ”They give you a bit more mobility than Richie Barker and it makes you think about what you are doing rather than just lumping up balls to their defence.”

”The three strikers exchanged brilliantly at times and made it very difficult for them,”
said Wilson.

”You get that bit of pace playing a different system and a bit more freedom for the midfielders to go and join in with the strikers.”