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Bates Delighted As "Mad Finish" Earns Point

17 March 2018

Matthew Bates Mark Fletcher (Shutter Press)
Matthew Bates

Matthew Bates insisted that the “spirit and fight” his side showed earned them a share of the spoils in dramatic fashion at AFC Fylde on Saturday.

Pools were staring down the barrel of another away defeat as they went in to the closing stages 3-1 down but an 88th minute screamer from Jake Cassidy was then added to by a Devante Rodney belter as they came back to clinch a point.

The equalising goal was met with scenes of mass celebration on the pitch, in the dugout and on the terraces and caretaker boss Bates says it will be that character that can help them move away from trouble at the bottom of the National League table.

“It was a mad finish but I think we deserved it in the end,” Bates told Pools PlayerHD.

“They possibly had more possession than us but I think we certainly had our fair share of the better chances in the game, particularly in the first half.

“I was disappointed with the way we started the second half and they punished us – they didn’t really have to work for their goals but the conditions definitely played a part, especially for the second one.

“In the end it’s a pleasing result and one we’d have taken before the game and at 3-1 down but with the spirit and the fight we showed we got a good point.

“Last Saturday you might have been able to call it a lucky point but I don’t think it was today – it was deserved because of the hard work, commitment and the way they stuck to what we’ve been working on.

“The last two goals were both magnificent – the one from Devante, I could tell it was going in to the top corner from the moment it left his boot, even from my angle!”

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

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