Matthew Bates praised his team’s character as they picked up a creditable draw at Leyton Orient but admitted they could have won it had they been better on the ball against ten men.
The hosts were a man light for more than half an hour after Joe Widdowson’s red card for a lunge on Michael Woods but Pools struggled to get their passing game going to take full advantage.
However, they stood strong in the face of a barrage of Orient pressure during a game played out to the backdrop of an intense atmosphere with a bumper crowd at The Breyer Group Stadium.
“We’re probably happy with a point – we’d have taken that before the game, if we’re being honest,” Bates told Pools PlayerHD.
“But I just think if we had been better in possession today we could have won the game, especially when they went down to ten men and we need to move it better and not be as wasteful.
“They kept two up top so fair to play to them; it was an entertaining game with two teams going for a win, we kept players up the pitch trying to win it so I think it’s probably a fair point in the end.
“I think they probably edged it in the first half but without making Scott Loach make a save and I thought defensively we were magnificent all day once again.
“We showed character, grit and determination – without that we would have lost the game. It’s another clean sheet, we’ve now lost just two out of 15 so it’s a good record and we keep going.
"The fans were great yet again and without their support I don't know if we'd have held on. We all know their importance and even though it was a 0-0 I hope they enjoyed it."