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Bates Proud Of Players' Effort

29 April 2017

Caretaker Manager Matthew Bates was proud of the effort shown by his players in today’s match at Cheltenham Town.

Bates watched on as his side battled to the very end without reward in the game that ended 1-0 to the hosts. 

“Proud is the word,” Bates told Pools PlayerHD afterwards.

“I’m disappointed we didn’t get a result but if you look at the game, we had more territorial advantage than them, more of the ball. I know a lot of it was in the air but that’s how we wanted them to play because of the state of the pitch. 

“I think the lads have shown today that they are not unfit, they were running until the last seconds to try and get something. 

“We had a good week working on what we wanted to do today and everything we asked of them, they did today and on another day, we come away with at least a point from there. It says a lot when the keeper gets man of the match. 

“But we’ll move on for next week, I said to them that I am more confident after that than I was before the game that we’ll get a result against Doncaster.”

And Bates had praise for the travelling Pools fans, with over 700 Poolies making the long journey to back the team.

“They’ve come down in their numbers and they were fantastic for the lads. 

“For how disappointed they must be with how the season has gone, for them to stay behind and do that tells the lads everything. You can’t kid Hartlepool fans and they know how much the lads gave today.”

See the full interview with Matthew Bates on Pools PlayerHD soon. 

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