Matthew Bates felt his side deserved a point in this evening’s match with Aldershot Town, a team he regards as amongst the best in the National League.
Despite losing out 2-1 in the game, it was an improved display from Pools at the Ebb Stadium.
“I couldn’t fault the application of the lads,” Bates told Pools PlayerHD after the match.
“We were up against a team who I rate as the best in the league and I’m not just saying that.
“I think we deserved a point. We more than matched them, the players really put in a shift, and I think you could see that by the reaction of our fans.
“That was the first time in a long time we’ve been applauded off after a defeat.
“The supporters want to see effort, tackles, determination and work-rate and they saw that tonight.
“If we keep doing that, and raise our standards again then we’ll win more than we lose.”
Bates was left frustrated after seeing a strong appeal for a penalty turned down early in the second half when a Conor Newton goalbound effort looked to be blocked on the line by the hand of an Aldershot man.
“That was a shocking decision in my opinion,” Bates added.
“Everyone in the ground has seen it (handball), even the fourth official, but unfortunately the referee hasn’t seen it.”
But the Caretaker Manager had plenty of praise for Blair Adams who scored his first goal for the Club this evening with a real wonder strike.
"That was a great finish, I’ve seen him do that on his left foot but not his right. Let’s hope that will give him the confidence to crack on for the rest of the season."
See the full interview with Matthew Bates on Pools PlayerHD on Wednesday morning.