Draw Was Least We Deserved – Challinor

Dave Challinor, Hartlepool United

Dave Challinor praised the effort and character of his players as they twice came from behind to secure a point against league-leaders Barrow on Saturday.

Pools were shaken by a Barrow goal inside the first minute of an entertaining second half before Gavan Holohan smashed home an equaliser on 55 minutes.

Barrow then rode their luck before restoring their lead midway through the second period against the run of play but Ryan Donaldson’s header on 76 minutes rescued a draw.

“I think a point is the least we deserved and on another day we could have nicked it.

“Barrow are a good side and are rightly top of the league based on what they’ve done so far but we more than merited a point.

“We were looking for a reaction and we certainly got that and, although I’m disappointed with the goals we conceded, I can’t ask any more of the players physically.

“We have to manage moments in the game. We were on the front after equalising and the crowd were right in the game but then that poor second goal takes the wind right out of us.

“Credit to the players because they kept going and the crowd stuck with us and we more than deserved the equaliser and we’ll take a point against a good team.”