Ben’s big moment earns the
U’s a point
A WIN, a defeat and a draw – Hartlepool United are nothing if not inconsistent.
But boss Ronnie Moore has witnessed some progress from his side in the last week.
They were only denied a deserved win at Cambridge by a 90th-minute Ben Williamson leveller, which left the Pools boss disappointed, but confident of an upturn in fortunes.
“It’s hard to take, we should have been out of sight with the chances we had,” he mused.“Their keeper made good saves, but you always know at 10 they will launch it, giants up top.
“We had a bit of luck with one or two openings and late on they got one – undeserved. We should have won it, but the pleasing thing is we didn’t lose it.”
This was, in fact, Pools’ first away draw of the season as they displayed some welcome defensive nous.
Centre-halves Matthew Bates and Adam Jackson were solid, the latter after being up all night Friday with a sickness bug.
Pools took the game to the Us from the off, as loan signing Ellis Harrison struck the inside of the post, before he was forced off and he could be back at Bristol Rovers for the remainder of his month’s loan.
Home keeper Will Norris was outstanding, and made a fine double save to deny Harrison and then Michael Woods. Opposite number Trevor Carson was a spectator.
And the second half started with Jake Gray twice being kept out by Norris after being played in by Woods.
Gray did find the net when he clipped a low finish under the keeper.
The Us bombarded the Pools area, and thanks to some firm defending looked set for the win, before a raking Ryan Donaldson ball landed for Williamson to turn in.
Moore added:“We wanted a reaction to midweek, only one team should have won it.We created chances, their keeper gets man of the match.
“We started on the front foot, bossed it and I can’t remember Trevor Carson making too many saves.
“One of ours just after halftime had to go in, but at least we are creating. Go two-up and their one goal doesn’t matter, means nothing. Instead it cost us a win and we hung on.”
Home boss Shaun Derry said:“I’m disappointed, absolutely by the fact we didn’t perform like we can do, but a huge positive in the last 15 minutes. We looked like the team going on to win.
“I’m concerned and disappointed in the manner we conceded, our keeper made two or three very good saves.
“I’m a massive fan of Will (Norris). It’s up to me to develop him into a firm number one. Ten of the other lads didn’t produce out there.”
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