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Result Was The Priority - Bates

20 October 2018

Matthew Bates Mark Fletcher (Shutter Press)
Pools boss Matthew Bates

Matthew Bates admitted that his side were not at their best in victory over Kidsgrove Athletic but said the most important thing was to make it through to the next round of the FA Cup.

Niko Muir’s eighth-minute goal proved decisive in the end but Pools failed to kill the tie off when the chances came and were almost made to pay by their dangerous Evo-Stik West opponents.

The Pools boss is happy that the Club’s name will be in Monday’s draw though and also took pleasure from seeing his side keep a third consecutive clean sheet.

“It is job done – but not very well,” Bates told Pools PlayerHD.

“I thought we started well but then I felt like we relaxed when we got the goal and maybe thought that it was going to be easier than it was.

“It didn’t quite happen for us in front of goal today; we had some chances and their keeper has made some great saves but Loachy has also had to make good saves too which is disappointing from our point of view.

“I didn’t want to leave any stone unturned. We had watched Kidsgrove and we knew they had ability so we took it very seriously and I think that showed with the team selection.

“Fair play to Kidsgrove, they sat in and defended really well and tried to catch us on the break but we’re through, we’re in the hat for the next round and that’s the most important thing.

“Hopefully we can get another home draw or one of the bigger clubs away in the next round but we all love this competition and we want to go as far as we can.”

Watch the full post-match video interview with Matthew Bates right now on Pools PlayerHD.

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