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We Earned That Point - Bates

10 March 2018

Matthew Bates Mark Fletcher (Shutter Press)
Matthew Bates

Matthew Bates paid tribute to the determination of his players after Pools fought for a point despite being down to ten men against in-form Boreham Wood on Saturday.

Scott Harrison’s second half sending-off put Pools on the back foot against the Hertfordshire outfit who had won four of their last five games prior to their first-ever visit to The Vic.

However, some brave defending and plenty of spirit ensured that Bates’ men claimed a richly-deserved share of the spoils to move four points clear of the bottom four.

“I am happy with the point,” Bates told Pools PlayerHD.

“To go down to ten men with around thirty minutes left feared the worst, if I’m being honest, but the lads’ effort meant we deserved a point.

“We rode our luck a little bit in terms of scrambles in the box, clearances off the line and a great save from Loachy but overall I think we got what we deserved.

“We made a couple of tactical changes in the second half and the lads listened, they got on with it and it worked – that’s credit to them because they were the ones that applied themselves out there.

“It was a second yellow card for Scott – I was right next to it and it’s the right decision. It’s a bit of stupid defending from Scott really but he’s honest enough to admit that and the lads stuck together to get him out of jail.

“Everyone to a man, I couldn’t be happier with them. It’s not been a great week in terms of our points total but we’ve played against two very, very good sides and the performance levels have been up there.”

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

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