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We Showed Our Class In Second Half - Bates

25 August 2018

Matthew Bates Leila Coker (Shutter Press)
Matthew Bates

Matthew Bates praised his players for their second half fightback as they came from behind to clinch all three points at Dagenham & Redbridge on Saturday.

The Pools boss admitted that his side weren’t at their best during the opening 45 minutes but some stern words during the break had the desired effect to see them hit back to run out 2-1 winners.

“We were poor first half – we weren’t happy, we were honest with each other at half-time and we wanted a reaction. That’s what we got in the second half.

“They were great, they never gave up. We said that if we scored the next goal we would go on to win the game and that’s how it panned out.

“As soon as we sussed them out we showed our class. It was a scrappy first half and they deserved to be 1-0 up but I would like to think football won in the end the way we played in the second half.

“Woodsy took his goal well but we know he’s got that in his locker with his goal return last year and I was pleased for Liam (Noble) – I never had any doubts he would score the penalty.

“For the fans to come down here in huge numbers is great; they were our 12th man in the second half and they got a mention in the dressing room at the end because they were magnificent.

“We’ve told the lads to enjoy it for a couple of hours but we then start the work for Monday.”

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

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