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It Wasn't Good Enough - Bates

7 April 2018

Matthew Bates Mark Fletcher (Shutter Press)
Matthew Bates

Matthew Bates accepted that Pools got what they deserved at Solihull Moors snatched all three points with a late goal in Saturday’s game at Victoria Park.

Adi Yussuf forced home a corner with just a couple of minutes left on the clock at The Vic to lift The Moors out of the relegation zone and make sure Pools are still not clear of trouble themselves.

Caretaker boss Bates admitted that his players were not up to their usual standard and it’s something that needs to be addressed quickly with only four more games remaining.

“We weren’t good enough today,” Bates told Pools PlayerHD afterwards.

“In the first half we were really poor and they won all the battles – first balls, second balls, third balls and I wasn’t happy at half-time, and neither were the lads.

“It was better in the second half in that sense when we limited their chances and we had a few opportunities ourselves but our quality in the final third was poor.

“They started quicker than us and we’re struggling with our home form at the minute – we don’t look the same team as we do when we’re playing away and that’s concerning.

“I won’t accept any complacency because the job isn’t done yet. You just have to look at the table and a couple of teams below us have games in hand so it’s far from over.

“We’ll be back in on Monday to debrief after the game and then from Tuesday onwards we’ll be back on it working towards Sutton.”

Click here to watch the full post-match video interview with Matthew Bates right now on Pools PlayerHD.

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