Craig Hignett admitted he was happy with a point from the opening day game against Colchester United but insisted there was plenty of room for improvement.
Pools fell behind on four minutes when Tom Eastman fired home from close range but Billy Paynter stroked home a leveller from the spot after Nathan Thomas was brought down in the box.
“I think we can get better but, overall, I’m pleased with a point,” Hignett told Pools PlayerHD.
“We looked nervous for the first ten or fifteen minutes and gave a few chances away because we were too open which I wasn’t happy about.
“We got off to the worst possible start in conceding a goal after four minutes so we had a bit of a mountain to climb but, fair play to the lads, they showed character and did it.
“After the first period we got going a little and played some good football in spells. I thought we controlled the first half but I didn’t think we really got going in the second half.
“Overall, I think it’s a decent start and I’m pleased to have come away with a point – the first day is always one of those where you’re not sure what you’re going to get but I thought we were alright.”
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