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and got their in the end.

“We played re­ally well, a dif­fer­ent way to last week and it’s de­pen­dent on what you do your­self. We were against a very or­gan­ised and very well-drilled Hartle­pool – but it’s a long time to hold your­selves for 90-95 min­utes.

“They did a great job, but we kept at it. We had op­tions on the bench an d three came on with a job to do and all played their part in a clin­i­cal win.’’

Fol­low­ing a tame open­ing 30 min­utes, Pools went close when Bing­ham fired a shot across goal, be­fore Tom Ni­cholls headed over from a Ryan Har­ley cross.

But the sec­ond half was more open, as Pools’ Rhys Oates had a low shot saved well, Har­ley’s free-kick was punched away by keeper Adam Bartlett and the Pools’ stop­per then saved smartly to deny David McAl­lis­ter.

The penalty came when Nicky Feather--stone was bun­dled over by Matt Oak­ley. Bing­ham took the spot kick, but it was easy for Bobby Ole­jnik to dive to his left and keep it out.

Moore moaned: “If we come off 0-0 we would have felt hard done by, to come off los­ing like we did is fright­en­ing to say the least. “We played well, we did a job. But ev­ery lit­tle mis­take costs us – yet this goal didn’t re­ally come from a mis­take. It was a throw in, laid off and their lad gets a shot off and it ends up in the net. It’s so dis­ap­point­ing – we have had the clear­est chances of the game, we miss a penalty, and lose 1-0.

“I’ve said, if you are tak­ing penal­ties, smack them, blast them. You get a free shot at goal from 12 yards, miss it and end up los­ing the game.

“We can’t seem to see the game out and I can­not com­plain about any player in there af­ter­wards.’’


AY Hartlep


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