When asked what he was feeling after seeing his Pools side beat Barrow 2-1 this evening, Matthew Bates was quick to respond,
“Relief,” was the word he used to Pools PlayerHD after the game.
“It had been coming and I felt the improvement was there, the never say die spirit has been there last couple of weeks and we showed that again today.
“We fell behind against the run of play, because I thought we started really well, we knocked the ball around on a nice pitch and then we were hit with a sucker punch.
“We’d worked on Luke James as their main threat and it was poor for us to concede like that but they got on with it and came out deserved winners.
“We’ll enjoy this win, it’s a huge win and we will move on from this with plenty of confidence.”
The main talking point from the night was Carl Magnay’s spectacular 50th-minute goal and Bates was keen to add to the praise for the strike,
“I think he scored one like that for Gateshead a couple of years back so he’s got he technique. I thought he was going to cross it, but I think that shows the confidence he has gained in the last couple of games. But what a finish, I don’t think there will be a better goal for Hartlepool this season.
“We’ll have to wait until the end of the season to find out how important those points are but it was a big win for us.
“We have to just worry about ourselves, take it game by game and pick up as many points as we can to move away from the relegation zone.”
See the full interview with Matthew Bates on Pools PlayerHD shortly.