CRAIG HIGNETT has long lauded the squad he has put together for the new season. On Saturday his faith was rewarded as Hartlepool United earned their first win of the season.

After beating Maidenhead, Pools are back in action this evening when AFC Fylde visit Victoria Park.

Bromley then follow on Saturday and Hignett hopes that after back to back home games, his side will be in a strong position in the table.

He vowed not to panic following the opening defeats, and admitted: “I’ve a good squad, probably two people for each position and when people are out then others have to take their chance.

“I said it wasn’t about panicking, we would get better and we worked hard and got a win. Three games and apart from a few lapses and bits here and there we have been fine.’’

Niko Muir scored the winning goal at the weekend, his close-range finish dividing the teams after Ryan Donaldson’s shot was parried.

The striker made an instant impact last season when he moved from Hendon, but then found himself out of the side for long periods as the campaign went on.

He could start this evening with Nicke Kabamaba a doubt because of an ankle injury.

“I’m really pleased for Niko, he’s had to wait for his chance. We defended well and were fairly comfortable. We kept the ball well, but at the end they were banging it up a bit,’’ he told the club website.

“Gime Toure was great as an outlet and Niko worked really hard.

“When you have so much of the ball you have to make it count and we didn’t in the first two games.

“We going front and managed the game well, better than we have. We are improving and we will get better.

“Nicke felt an ankle, twisted it. I want players in there who haven’t been involved to take their chance and well done to him. I want a competitive squad. Nicke now will think he’s out the team, Niko comes in and scores….’’