Donaldson Demands More From Pools

Ryan Donaldson, Hartlepool United v AFC Fylde

Ryan Donaldson has insisted that Pools are improving with every game but says they need to learn lessons from Tuesday night’s 2-2 draw with AFC Fylde.

The skipper was left hugely frustrated after Pools were pegged back by The Coasters having been two goals up thanks to a sensational double from Gime Toure against his former club.

However, Pools allowed Fylde to wrestle back a point by conceding two goals in the final ten minutes and Donaldson has admitted that it left a sour taste on a night which had plenty of positives.

“I think the overriding emotion is disappointment,” he told Pools TV.

“We have come so close to beating a really good team so it’s disappointing that we haven’t seen it out because I thought we deserved to win.

“They have had quite a lot of the ball but we had a game plan and we stuck to it – but we’ve let ourselves down in the last ten minutes.

“They have might have dominated possession and they are a good team but we looked dangerous on the break and it worked well for us for 80 minutes.

“We’re getting better with every game which is a good sign but where we want to get to and the team we want to be, we can’t give goals away like that because it’s two points we won’t get back.

“It’s important we’re back on home soil on Saturday but it’s important to win – it will be a different challenge for us against Bromley so we have to get Tuesday out of our heads.”