LAST-GASP WINNER FOR EXETER
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.’’
STAR MAN BRAD HALLID