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Professional Performance Pleases Hignett

6 November 2016

Craig Hignett praised his side’s attitude and their patience as three second half goals saw them safely past Stamford in the First Round of the FA Cup on Sunday.

The Lincolnshire outfit made Pools work for their win but Nicky Deverdics’ first goal for the Club – an expertly-executed free kick on 65 minutes – paved the way for a confidence-boosting win.

Jordan Richards’ deflected volley and Billy Paynter’s header added further gloss to Pools’ victory and made sure they are in the hat for Monday night’s Second Round draw.

“It was tight in the first half and they defended well and made it difficult for us to play,” Hignett told Pools PlayerHD.

“We kept the ball well and were a bit disappointed not to be in front at half-time but it was always going to be a game of patience and the first goal was always likely to open it up.

“I told the lads that if they didn’t score early not to worry about it because the longer the game went on the more they were going to chase it and it would open up – and that’s exactly what happened.

“It was a great free-kick from Nicky to get it going and that probably broke them a little bit and then we dominated after that, scored two more good goals and kept the clean sheet, which is pleasing.

“Fair play to Stamford though, they came and made it difficult with the game plan they had and they worked their socks off for the manager so hats off to them.

“It was a testing workout for us – we had to be concentrated and be on our game but the attitude of the players was excellent and if I could sum today up in one word it would be professional.”

Click here to watch the full post-match video interview with Craig Hignett only on Pools PlayerHD.

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