STEPHEN Crainey is delighted to be back in the Seasiders line-up ... and he’s determined to stay there.
The left-back confessed he was a little shocked to find himself suddenly out of the first team, when Bob Harris grabbed his opportunity with both hands.
Crainey has nothing but praise for the way Harris has played. But recalled for the win over Leeds, the long-serving 30-year-old produced a fine display and is hoping he has done enough to stay in Ian Holloway’s side for the visit of Burnley on Saturday, when Pool can clinch a play-off place with victory.
Crainey said: “Everybody wants to play football but Bob came in and did great. I take my hat off to him because he has been different class.
“It was a bit of a surprise (to be left out) but it is one of those things and you have to get on with it. The manager makes the decisions and you just need to work hard and try to get back in.
“Every credit to the lads. They have been on a good run. The manager has changed a couple of players and the main thing is that hopefully we can get in the play-offs.
“The manager names the team on the day and you get on with it. I train every day as if it’s my last in training. That is just me and I will always do that.
“But there are some great players in the squad and whoever the gaffer picks on the day is capable of doing a good job.
“I’ll just continue to work as hard as ever. On Tuesday, I got back in the team and hopefully I can stay there. But every credit to Bob – he has been brilliant.”
Now the next challenge for Crainey and co is to seal a top-six spot with victory over Burnley. Anything less than three points and they may need to go to Millwall requiring points on the final day.
Crainey admits that wouldn’t be ideal, though it wouldn’t worry him too much.
“Millwall is a tough place to go and it would help if we got it wrapped up against Burnley,” he said.