Brad Halliday relished a new role in the heart of the Stanley midfield at Hartlepool and was delighted to take all three points away from his former club.

The Middlesbrough loanee switched from right back to play alongside captain Seamus Conneely in the absence of Matt Crooks and Scott Brown at Victoria Park.

He saw his midfield partner score the opening goal and caught the eye as the Reds went on to win 2-1 against the in form north east outfit.

“It was a difficult role,” said the 20-year-old. “They were playing with three in there and that meant me and Seamus had a lot to do but I thought we did really well in the first half, got it down and played when we could and gave it to our attacking four and they went and did quite a bit of damage.

“I thought the second half was a lot harder. We sat back, which we shouldn’t have done, and there ended up being a lot of pressure on our goal but we dealt with it.”

Manager John Coleman felt the first half performance was one of the best his teams have ever produced and Halliday thought it was a fine display.

“The full team did really well but it’s still a real compliment to hear that,” he added. “Obviously I haven’t seen his teams before and the games he’s managed but he’s been managing a long time so it’s a real compliment to the eleven on the pitch.”

The win puts the Reds up to second in League Two and Halliday is determined to stay there.

“We could’ve been second at the weekend but we didn’t get the three points. I think we deserve to be there and it’s down to us to put the performances in and get the points from the three massive cup finals to come.”