Stand-in skipper Liam Noble has accused some of his Hartlepool United teammates of hiding when the chips are down, report the Hartlepool Mail.

And the midfielder has challenged Matthew Bates’ squad to step up to the plate and end a three-game losing run in the FA Cup this weekend. Ten-man Pools were humbled at Bromley on Saturday, with their National League rivals running out comfortable 4-0 winners at Hayes Lane.

It was a performance Noble has described as “schoolboy”, as well as hinting that over-confidence has crept into the Super 6 Stadium camp.

“We will see who wants the ball, what people are made of. A few people were hiding on Saturday.

“They didn’t want the ball. They want it when things are going well but that wasn’t the story at the weekend.

“When we are playing rubbish we will see who wants the ball against Gillingham.”

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