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I've Been Made So Welcome - Naismith

18 November 2015

Kal Naismith had only one training session with his new team-mates prior to making his Pools debut on Sunday but has insisted that was all he needed to know things would go smoothly.

The winger arrived on loan from Portsmouth on Friday evening and reported for training on Saturday as Ronnie Moore’s men prepared for the televised clash with Leyton Orient.

Naismith was thrust straight into the starting line-up and went on to play a key role as Pools recorded back-to-back wins at The Vic with a 3-1 triumph over The O’s.

“I loved it,” the 23-year-old told us.

“I just felt so welcomed by the boys, the gaffer and all the coaching staff on the Saturday so I was just looking forward to the game from the moment I turned up really.

“It felt similar to at Accrington and Portsmouth where all the boys are together; they’re just good lads, everyone was so welcoming and friendly that I knew it was going to be easy.

“It’s a good group of players here at Hartlepool and to get the result we did was brilliant.”

While Naismith only joined Pompey from Accrington Stanley during the summer, he’s found regular football hard to come by at Fratton Park and jumped at the chance to make a temporary move to The Vic.

And he announced himself to the Pools fans with a promising debut at the weekend, capped by a wonderful through ball to set-up the clinching goal for fellow loanee Jake Gray.

“I was happy enough with my performance – it was my first ninety minutes for a long time, certainly the first of this season and I’m not sure how far it goes back last season as well.

“I was pleased to get that under my belt and I felt like I got a lot out of the game in terms of fitness and confidence so I am already going in to this week looking forward to the next game.

“It was a great feeling to play the pass for the third goal but I was just happy we scored then because the game was 2-1 and we know Orient are a side who can cause anyone problems.

“Jake made a great run and I think that was the only way I could have played it through to him – but it was all about the good run really.”

Now Naismith is predicting he will get stronger the more games he plays and is looking forward to helping Pools tackle a mouth-watering schedule against some of the high-fliers in League Two.

All of Pools’ next five opponents currently lie in the top six and the Scottish wing man says that it’s the sort of run that should be inspiring the squad.

“We’ve got a great run of games coming up, the type any player wants to be involved in.

“I’ve played in this league long enough to know that anybody can beat anybody; momentum is massive so we’ve won two on the bounce now and you tell the place is buzzing so if we can keep the run going it would be great.

“If you look at the next couple of games (Mansfield and Accrington), they’re against teams are who aren’t considered the biggest in the league but it just shows if you build-up the momentum you can shoot up this league quickly.”

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