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We Could Have Scored Seven - Bates

14 August 2018

Matthew Bates Leila Coker (Shutter Press)
Pools boss Matthew Bates

Matthew Bates admitted he and the players were as gutted as the fans after Pools were denied victory right at the death despite a strong performance at Braintree Town.

Pools went in front through Niko Muir but Bates insisted the game could have been wrapped up by half-time given the amount of chances his side created.

However, they were made to pay once again for not putting more of them away when the home side scored from their first shot on target injury time to pinch a point at Cressing Road.

“On another day it could have been 7-1 – and that’s no exaggeration,” Bates told Pools PlayerHD.

“We’ve missed a penalty and we’ve missed loads of other chances but the footballing Gods aren’t looking kindly on us at the moment.

“I’ve said it before and I’m even more sure of it now – things will change because someone is going to get a hiding from Hartlepool soon.

“We looked a real threat going forward and I thought we were magnificent defensively. We got high up the pitch, we pressed them and Loachy hasn’t really had a save to make so it’s hard to take.

“As good as we were in the first half – and I didn’t think there was a single player who wasn’t outstanding – we needed to take our chances but when they came we didn’t.

“Their manager and coaches came up to us after the game and admitted they didn’t know how we didn’t get three points so I think that tells you all you need to know.”

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

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