Craig Hignett was left to rue another game-changing refereeing call as Pools were held to a 1-1 draw against Luton Town on Tuesday evening.
Pools were in front thanks to birthday boy Nathan Thomas’ goal in first half injury time and looked in control after the break – until Nicky Featherstone was shown a red card for a challenge on Olly Lee.
The Pools boss felt the decision was harsh on the midfielder and it helped swing the game back in The Hatters’ favour who claimed a point when Alan Sheehan curled home a trademark free-kick twelve minutes from time.
“It was a really good performance again,” Hignett told Pools PlayerHD.
“In the first half it was nip and tuck – we started really well but then they came back in to it and we had to keep our shape really well and were hard to play against.
“We got the goal at the end of the first half which was perfect and in the second I thought we came out and looked comfortable, and I felt like we would score again.
“In my opinion what was a really poor decision has seen us with our backs to the wall for the majority of the second half.
“But when we needed our defenders to defend they did that – the blocks that Toto put in were unbelievable but it was the whole back four really, they worked their socks off.
“We were a little bit fortunate and got away with a few missed chances but I think we deserved that for what we’d done previously – and if we’d kept eleven men on the pitch I am pretty sure we’d have won it.”
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