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We Lack Men And Leaders - Murray

5 December 2014

Paul Murray criticised his players for a poor second half performance as they tumbled out of the FA Cup in embarrassing circumstances at the hands of non-league Blyth Spartans.

Pools had begun the game with real authority and Jonathan Franks’ header just after the half hour mark had them in the driving seat the break.

But an awful display after half time allowed the visitors to draw level via former Pools man Stephen Turnbull’s excellent free-kick before Jarrett Rivers scored a gut-wrenching winner in the final minute.

“The second half was poor to a level I’ve not seen before,” admitted Murray when speaking to Pools Player afterwards.

“I thought we had done well in the first half, created some good chances on the back of some good football and probably should have had at least one more goal.

“But we struggled all the way through the second half; we’re trying to address it all the time but how can you go from the performance in the first half to that in the second? It’s unbelievable.

“We lacked ideas and effort off the ball and I haven’t got enough men or leaders out there – those are the simple facts.”

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