Craig Hignett admitted that feeling disappointed at drawing with Newport County despite having only ten men was an indication of just how well Pools played on Saturday.
Nicky Featherstone handed Pools the perfect start when he scored only his second professional goal to put them in front with only ninety seconds on the clock.
But Toto Nsiala was sent off just a minute later for deliberate handball on the edge of his box and Sean Rigg punished Pools further by drilling home the resultant free-kick.
It looked set to be a long afternoon when Jon Parkin volleyed an incredible goal to put the visitors in front, but Padraig Amond netted his first home goal to ensure a share of the spoils from an absorbing encounter.
“After the first minute I was wondering how many we were going to score but to do what we did after that was suicidal,” Hignett told Pools PlayerHD.
“It was tough because the ball skidded off the surface and Toto has been caught out by it, put his hand up and it’s a red card all day long.
“But for us to play like that with ten men for 87 minutes and get a draw, score two goals and look the more dangerous side, I’ve got to be really pleased with it.
“The players had to dig deep because they were up against it; when it went to 2-1 they could have crumbled but they didn’t they stood up to be counted.
“I thought we dominated the game and for ten men our fitness looked unbelievable, our energy levels were unbelievable and our willingness to work for each other and discipline was pleasing.
“The fact I am disappointed having drawn the game 2-2 with ten men is testament to how well they played.”
Hignett saved his final words for the supporters who created a great atmosphere inside The Northern Gas and Power Stadium as Pools battled for a point.
“I have to give mention to the fans because they really got behind the team.
“At 2-1 it would have been easy to be critical but they could see the effort the players were putting in and acted as our extra man today – they were different class.”
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