Craig Hignett admitted he was disappointed with his side’s performance as they were made to settle for a point against Crawley Town on Saturday afternoon.
Lewis Alessandra’s first goal for the Club had them in front early on when he followed in to nod home after Nathan Thomas’ penalty had been parried by the keeper.
Pools rode their luck in the remainder of the first period and looked like battling through to a first home win until the visitors were awarded their own penalty and James Collins levelled from the spot fifteen minutes from time.
“We started well and in the first fifteen minutes looked as though we would win the game comfortably,” Hignett told Pools PlayerHD.
“But then we let them back in to it; I had told them before the game that if we sat off them they would knock the ball about because they’ve got some good footballers.
“We got in at half time and tried to regroup but then I felt the game faded in the second half; it was almost like a pre-season friendly because there was no intensity, pace or real quality.
“I thought it was going to be a scrappy, horrible 1-0 win but then we made a bad decision defensively and it’s a bad goal to give away, from our point of view.
“We could even have lost it at the end when it came off the post and you would expect Collins to score all day long – it looked a formality but fair play to Scott Harrison for getting back with a point-saving tackle.
“All in all I am disappointed with the performance; the positive thing is that we can play like that and still not lose a game against a team right up there – but we need to believe that we’re much better than that.”
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