Tom Ince was the saviour for Pool, coming on with the team 1-0 down and playing poorly, then turning the game on its head.
His first goal was coolly taken, rounding a defender and slotting the ball into the bottom corner. But his second was a work of art – a thumping left-footer from 25 yards.
That winner was only his sixth goal in senior football, to go with four he scored during a loan spell at Notts County, so surely it was his best yet?
“Possibly, or maybe the first one for Notts County because I scored on the volley from 25 yards out on my debut, as you do!” he said.
“But that goal out did the County one because it was the winner. Hopefully there is a lot more to come.” Ince, signed from Liverpool in the summer, praised Callum McManaman, who also made a big impact on his debut.
The 20-year-old, signed on loan from Wigan just 24 hours before the game, came off the bench at the same time as Ince and caught the eye with his tricks. Ince added: “I was brought on to try to change the game, along with Callum, and we think we did that.
Asked if he was a tad unhappy not to get the nod from the start, Ince said: “It is always disappointing when you don’t start, but there are a lot of other lads here who feel they should be starting.
“I am happy, and if I keep a positive attitude and continue playing like I did, it could earn me a start.
“The gaffer picks the players he thinks can win the game, and if I come on and change the gaffer has made a great decision. I am still young and still learning, but scoring those two goals gives me a massive confidence boost.”