FRANKS A MILLION! IT’S JON AT THE DEATH
Money’s misery at Moors
VERDICT: Jonathan Franks’ 90th-minute winner was harsh on new Solihull boss Richard Money but further justified the notion that Pools are gaining momentum
HARTLEPOOL manager Craig Harrison praised the character of his side after Jonathan Franks’ 90th-minute winner earned victory at struggling Solihull Moors, who had new boss Richard Money in the dugout for the first time.
When Moors skipper Darren Carter cancelled out a Rhys Oates goal with three minutes to go, it looked as though the points would be shared.
But some sloppy marking at the death cost the home side with Franks turning in the winner from close range.
“I’m a winner and I want the
players to be winners’” Harrison said. “I want the club to have a winning mentality and that showed again. We have not settled for a point away from home. It might have been a good point away from home but the boys have gone for it with two or minutes left of injury time and got a fantastic goal.
“We had a poor penalty against us – I think the wind probably blew him over – but we showed great determination, character and commitment to go and try and win the game which we did. That creates something special in the dressing room.”
Hartlepool’s opener was cre- ated by Jack Munns and finished off by Oates – the pair had come on just moments earlier as second half substitutes.
Harrison added: “They made a huge impact and for the first 20 miniutes of the second half I thought we were very good.
“We took our foot off the pedal a little bit and I’d have liked to have seen us go for the jugular and kill them off but it didn’t go that way.” The result was harsh on Moors who would have been two goals to the good at the break had Oladapo Afolayan and George Carline not been denied by two fine saves from Pools keeper Scott Loach. Even after Oates had fired the visitors into a 47th-minute lead, the home side looked the stronger and were rewarded by Carter’s 77th minute penalty following a shove on Richard Brodie. But it proved a disappointing start for the new Solihull boss. “It’s my first experience and I dont think think you can do anything other than feel a bit sorry for the boys,” Money said. “They have given everything they’ve got. “It was a bit scrappy but that’s where we are at this moment and we need to battle and scrap and play when we can. Two really poor errors cost us the game when they’ve not really had anything else.”
FRANKS A LOT! Jonathan Franks is mobbed after his last-minute winner to add to Rhys Oates’ opener, inset
RIGHT PLACE, RIGHT TIME: Jonathan Franks turns in Hartlepool United’s timely winning goal