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The Players Gave Everything - Bates

31 October 2018

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

Matthew Bates insisted he was proud of his players’ performance as they came close to snatching a point with just ten men at high-flying Wrexham on Tuesday night.

Luke Young’s goal just before the midway point of the first half put the hosts in the driving seat but the night was made even more difficult when Andrew Davies was shown a red card just before the break.

However, Bates left two men in attack and switched to a back four and it almost paid dividends as Pools dominated the second period and were unfortunate not to secure at least a share of the spoils in the end.

“We started the game well and for the first ten minutes we were probably the better side,” Bates told Pools PlayerHD.

“Then we conceded the goal – and Loachy has held his hands up over that and admitted he went too early for it and the ball has moved.

“Before the sending-off it was pretty even and then once that happened we wanted to get in at half-time at just 1-0 down and then look at it.

“We had chances in the second half and Loachy hasn’t had a save to make and you could hear their fans’ reaction to how the game was going.

“I am proud of the guys in there. I couldn’t fault any of them because you could see how hard they were fighting not just for me but for the fans and for the Club – we deserved something but Lady Luck wasn’t with us.

“We won’t let it affect us, we go away and focus on Saturday now and make sure we put it right with a win.”

Bates said he didn’t get a good look at the sending-off as it happened live but admitted the Club would review footage of the incident after Davies was dismissed following a tangle with home forward Stuart Beavon.

“Andrew says that their lad has stamped on him when he’s on the floor,” Bates revealed.

“He wouldn’t react like that normally so something has obviously happened so we will have to have a look at it.”

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

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