MICKY CUMMINS has praised the "problem-solving" character of the York City side following their 2-1 comeback win against Hartlepool United.

Nicke Kabamba put Pools ahead just after the half-hour but second-half goals from Dan Maguire and Alex Kempster secured the Minstermen's second win of pre-season.

Assistant manager Cummins also said City were yet to decide on the captain for the coming National League North campaign, with Sean Newton wearing the armband for this game.

Of the second-half comeback and the qualities it embodied, Cummins said: "They're problem-solving. It was us recognising where the problem was and them taking on board those messages.

"It was pleasing how quickly and efficiently they did it.

"I think it was probably typical of what we'll come up against this season," he added of the game itself. "They're a physical side, a threat attacking and they problems in the first half with their movement.

"There was a lack of communication from us between the midfield and defence but we sorted that for the second half.

"They were still a strong side second half, it was a good performance and we learned a lot.

"We had some good opportunities first half. Second half, our movement off the ball was much better."

This was Maguire's first goal in City colours since his signing from Blyth Spartans, and he will not have many simpler, tapping into an empty net from eight yards.

It was fair reward for a promising performance, busy across the pitch, showing neat footwork and posing a good threat.

Cummins said: "He's come from a full-time job to full-time football. He's done well, trained well and he's looking sharp.

"He got more minutes which will have benefitted him. He gets himself into good situations and he had some good moments."

Kempster's finish was a strong header from a corner and adds to the deft flick with which he scored against Bolton Wanderers on Sunday.

"It was a different type of goal from Alex," praised Cummins. "He caused problems with his energy and enthusiasm going forward."

Joe Tait is a doubt for Saturday after going off just before half-time with a sore hamstring.