Cathcart to return after West Ham horror

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CRAIG Cathcart is almost certain to return at the heart of the defence tomorrow after Pool’s defensive horror show at West Ham.

And he might be joined by a whole host of new faces with manager Ian Holloway admitted he’s thinking of a mass shake up.

Holloway was speaking in the aftermath of Saturday’s dismal 4-0 beating.

Whether he’s calmed down by now remains to be seen.

But if his comments immediately after the game are anything to go by, there could be several changes for tomorrow’s visit of Doncaster.

“Who do I blame (for what happened at West Ham)?” he said.

“Are there scapegoats or do we have a good look at freshening everything up because that was a very poor performance from my point of view.”

Matt Gilks aside, no one in tangerine could lay claim to having a good 90 minutes at Upton Park.

But Pool particularly struggled in defence, where the Matt Hill and Ian Evatt centre-back pairing didn’t work.

Holloway went with those two because Cathcart had been struggling with a knee injury in the build-up to the contest.

The manager said: “Cathcart managed to train on the Friday, but he couldn’t train on the Thursday, and he hadn’t trained the rest of the week with Northern Ireland, so I made that decision.

“It doesn’t look a very good decision now.

“But Matt Hill and Ian Evatt have played together before, so I didn’t anticipate that happening.

“But we were beaten by the better team, and I don’t think we had a shot on goal so we’ve got a lot of work to do before tomorrow’s game.

“Maybe Cathcart will be fresh and ready for tomorrow, and I have a difficult decision to make.”

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