Matthew Bates was pleased with his side’s encouraging opening day performance at Maidstone United though he admitted his frustration at the penalty award that went against Pools.
The boss admitted there had been nerves for him ahead of taking charge for the first time in a competitive fixture since being appointed permanently during the summer.
However, his players turned in a strong and attacking display at The Gallagher Stadium, showing character to level things up through Liam Noble just a minute after falling behind to a dubious penalty.
“We’ll take the point,” Bates told Pools PlayerHD.
“I think it was a balanced game but we had the better of the chances – it was a funny game really because it was end to end and there was pressure put on from both sides.
“Their goal shouldn’t have been a goal really because I’ve spoken to Niko (Muir) and he says he didn’t touch their player so I’m not sure why the referee has given that.
“It was good character from the lads to get the goal back straight away – we’ve got good players who felt hard done by on the penalty decision and they went and proved their point in the right way.
“I’m not going to lie, I was anxious before the game – it’s a new system, new players and a new Manager but there were lots and lots of positives.
“We looked comfortable away from home against a decent Maidstone side, we’ve held our own if not shaded the game so we’ll gain confidence from that ahead of Tuesday.”