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A Kick In The Teeth - Bates

7 August 2018

Matthew Bates Mark Fletcher (Shutter Press)
Pools boss Matthew Bates

Matthew Bates admitted it was hard to take seeing his team denied all three points in the final minute against Harrogate Town – but he remained upbeat about the performance.

Pools twice led against a newly-promoted Town outfit who more than contributed to a hugely-entertaining game at The Super 6 Stadium.

Niko Muir grabbed his first goal for the Club after good work from Luke James, before Jake Cassidy restored the advantage after a neat finish following an excellent pass from Carl Magnay.

However, a free-kick in the final minute proved Pools’ undoing as experienced defender Callum Howe nodded home at the far post to make it 2-2 and secure the visitors a point.

“I was pleased because I think that was the best I’ve seen us in an attacking sense,” Bates told Pools PlayerHD afterwards.

“I thought we were a little bit open on the counter and it was a little bit of a tennis match which might be good for the neutrals but not for my heart.

“It was a kick in the teeth to concede the last-minute goal – it was probably a bit of youthful exuberance from Peter (Kioso) but you’ll get that and apart from that he was brilliant all game.

“We’re disappointed but we’ll try and be a little bit philosophical about it; we’ll score last-minute goals as well as concede them, that’s football and you have to take it on the chin sometimes.

“I thought Niko (Muir) was outstanding – everything he did was quality, even defensively but I could go through the team because lots of them played well.

“I’m happy with the performance but not with the final minute.”

Bates also confirmed that the Club’s medical staff will assess Ryan Donaldson after the wing-back suffered a rib injury which it is hoped won’t keep him out of the Ebbsfleet United game on Saturday.

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

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