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I Can't Fault The Effort - Bates

21 April 2018

Ged McNamee and Matthew Bates Mark Fletcher (Shutter Press)
Ged McNamee and Matthew Bates

Matthew Bates admitted he was satisfied with a point and again praised the determination of his players following the 1-1 draw with Torquay United at Victoria Park.

Pools looked as though they were heading for a second successive win after leading from the 14th minute after Ryan Donaldson’s deflected strike and Scott Loach’s penalty save.

However, The Gulls piled on the pressure in the second half in a bid to avoid relegation and hauled themselves level on 82 minutes when Rhys Healey fired home.

“We got away with things in the game but if you take everything in perspective then it’s not a bad point in the end,” Bates told Pools PlayerHD.

“We were a bit lucky with the goal we scored and in the overall play they deserved theirs but I cannot fault the lads’ effort.

“We’re patching people up, we’re missing two senior players, a midfielder is playing right-back and Ryan Donaldson is just back from injury and shouldn’t be playing ninety minutes really.

“You have to give credit to Torquay because they played well and their formation caused us problems; with the analysis we had before the game I would have loved to play a different formation but we haven’t got the personnel to do it.

“The lads stuck at it; we were under the cosh a bit and they created chances but I have no complaints with the lads in there because they’ve grafted so hard.”

Youngster Aaron Cunningham was shown a straight red card immediately before Torquay’s equaliser but Bates defended his player and insisted the tackle did not warrant a sending-off.

“The red card was right in front of me and I thought it was very harsh.

“It was a good old-fashioned tackle; that’s what Aaron brings and I would never have a go at him for that.”

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