Craig Hignett was furious with a late penalty award which went against his side at Plymouth Argyle on Saturday but praised the players for a superb performance in the 1-1 draw.
Pools looked set for a third win of the season in the South West following victories at both Exeter and Yeovil when Nathan Thomas clipped in his fourth goal of the season midway through the first half.
But Hignett watched on in horror was Toto Nsiala was adjudged to have fouled his man in the box six minutes from time and Argyle were able to rescue a point with a controversial penalty kick.
“I thought our shape was really good and the work ethic from the players was different class,” Hignett told Pools PlayerHD.
“In the first half we played some really good stuff, controlled the game, created chances, scored the goal and frustrated them really.
“It was a great goal for Nathan – I’ve spoken to him and he’s told me that he meant it so we’ll just have to take his word for it but we deserved that lead at half time.
“We knew they would change things and they did by putting two up front and going a little more direct but we coped with it well – and then the last fifteen minutes just descended in to farce.
“Toto is turning towards his own goal to kick the ball away, their lad is running in but, in my opinion, that shouldn’t be a penalty in a month of Sundays – I think anyone would be disappointed to have a decision like that given against them.
“We’re a bit disappointed that we didn’t score more goals because of the positions we got in to but when you come to a place like this against a team who have won seven on the bounce it’s always going to be tough.
“To lose a goal in that way after how hard they’ve worked was a real kick in the guts.
“Again the fans were brilliant – everywhere we go seems to be a ten-hour journey but they’ve turned up to support us.
“We’ve not done too badly in this region this season and when you get a performance like that it will be a decent journey home, albeit that we would have liked the three points.”
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