Cutting Edge Was Lacking – Hignett

Craig Hignett, Hartlepool United

Craig Hignett insisted there will be no pressing of a panic button at Hartlepool United.

Pools went down to back-to-back defeats when they conceded two second-half goals at the Shay where Halifax Town established themselves as early National League leaders.

Josh Staunton put the Shaymen in front on 54 minutes after Ben Killip had dived to his right to deny sub Jamie Allen.

And it was 2-0 in the 68th minute when striker Tobi Sho-Silva tapped in after Killip had saved Matt Brown’s header.

“I thought we were the better team with the ball and controlled most of the game,” said Hignett.

“But little bits of naivety let us down. We didn’t do the nasty little bits of the game well enough.

“There were some positive bits, we looked a good footballing side, but we needed the first goal and we didn’t get it.

“Especially away from home you need the first goal the you are on top.

“We made some great chances but we didn’t pull the trigger enough.

“We hit the bar [through Liam Noble] and had bits here and here, but you need to score.”

Defeat leaves Pools as one of three pointless clubs going into Saturday’s journey to Maidenhead.

But there will be no panic at Victoria Park.

“We are a good footballing side, but we’ve lost the first two,” added Hignett. “But it’s no crisis.

“We are all disappointed, but we’ll take it on the chin, we do need to tweak things, improve things but we’ll work on it.

“I feel sorry for the fans who came here – for the most part we played well, controlled the game but didn’t have the cutting edge.

“We won’t be pressing the panic button, that does not help anyone.

“I will be ultra-positive.”