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Friends And Family Night For Baldwin

15 October 2012

While Pools fans may struggle to travel in numbers for Tuesday evening's fixture at Leyton Orient, young centre-back Jack Baldwin won't be lacking in support.

The Essex-born 19-year-old is expecting a strong following of family and friends in the crowd at The Matchroom Stadium as they take the chance to see him in action in the capital.

"I think there will be quite a few people there supporting me on Tuesday night," he told us.

"I know there are a few teachers from my old school, Eastbury Comprehensive, going along to the game which is great.

"My mam and dad will be there too, along with a few friends who are at University that are getting tickets.

"It's nice to know that I've got that extra support in the stands - I don't think all of them will be in the Hartlepool end but I know they will be there to support me.

"After the game I'll have to try and spot where they all are so I'll be running all over the pitch to say hello to people!"

Baldwin is hoping that his band of followers will bear witness to a Pools win over the O's as they look to clamber clear of League One's bottom four.

The young defender was shocked to learn that Pools could be up in the promotion shake-up had they not thrown away 15 points from leading positions this term - and he's determined to help turn the tide.

"It's a horrible statistic and it just shows how different things could be," he explained.

"I think if we can just keep our concentration more and try and see games out a bit better then we can very quickly change the situation we're in.

"This is a very long season and we're not that far in to it yet, there are plenty of games still to be played.

"We're creating chances and getting the ball in good areas to create opportunities, I think we just have to make better decisions at times."

Baldwin has been thrilled with the progress he's made at Pools since joining the Club from Faversham Town in the summer of 2011.

He's now been asked to build a partnership with Peter Hartley in the heart of defence and he's looking forward to making it work.

"Obviously on a personal note, getting in to the team is great for my development," he admitted.

"I enjoy my football every day, I love putting my boots on and getting out there on the pitch - but it would be much easier to enjoy if we were getting the results we need.

"I think the partnership between me and Peter at the back is coming along well and it's been pretty good so far.

"When I first came up to Hartlepool, Peter was one of the players I looked up to because he was playing in the position I wanted to be in.

"He helped me settle here in the town; me and a few of the other lads sometimes go round to his house the night before a game for a couple of hours and play poker and relax a little.

"It's all good for bonding of the team because I think if you have a good relationship off the pitch then that can show on the pitch too.

"Hopefully we can continue the development on Tuesday, get another clean sheet and the three points we're after."

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