Craig Hignett took some positives from his side’s latest Checkatrade Trophy outing despite seeing them fall to a 1-0 defeat to Sunderland on Tuesday evening.
Donald Love’s goal just after the hour mark was enough to hand The Black Cats all three points – a result which means Pools can no longer progress from the group stages of the competition.
“We’re disappointed to lose the game because we’ve had some chances and not taken them,” Hignett told Pools PlayerHD.
“James Martin was outstanding, Jake Orrell came on and did well and Ben Pollock acquitted himself really well so there were some very good performances out there.
“Sunderland are a good side; they’re sharp and have good players but we gave them a test as well but it wasn’t like a normal game, it had the feeling of a Reserve game.
“This competition should be about the younger players who are knocking on the door to get some value experience in the First Team.
“If you look at the end of the game then our team is probably as young as theirs if you take Billy Paynter out of it so from that point of view it’s been a very worthwhile exercise.”
Watch the full video post-match interview with Craig Hignett very soon on Pools PlayerHD.