Draw Probably A Fair Result – Hignett

Craig Hignett, Eastleigh v Hartlepool United

Craig Hignett refused to be too disappointed despite seeing his side pegged back and forced to settle for a point in Saturday’s game at Eastleigh.

Gime Toure put Pools in front as early as the 12th minute in Hampshire and Ben Killip’s penalty save in the second half looked to have kept Hignett’s men on course for their fourth away win of the season.

However, Danny Hollands rescued a point for the hosts with a near-post header from a corner and afterwards Hignett admitted it was a draw that The Spitfires probably deserved.

“Overall we’re pleased with the point,” he told Pools TV.

“It was a game of two halves. As good as we were in the first half, we probably should have been out of sight and we should have made more of it.

“We started really well and some of their defenders didn’t know if they were coming or going. Gime got in, like he does, and it was a great finish which set us up nice and early.

“We wanted to go and put them to the sword because they were rocking but fair play to Eastleigh, they rode it out.

“They came in to it more in the second half like we knew they would because playing Eastleigh away from home is a difficult fixture.

“Ben saved a penalty and they had one cleared off the line but the one that’s disappointing is the one that counted because it’s another set-piece and it should have been cleared but we switched off.

“A 1-1 draw is probably a fair reflection on the game. I won’t be too downhearted because we’ve given a decent performance and we’ve come away with something.”