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Finishing Touch Was Missing - Bates

4 September 2018

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

Matthew Bates admitted his side didn’t find their killer instinct in the final third but insisted there were plenty of positives to take from Tuesday night’s goalless draw with Barrow.

Pools extended their unbeaten run to six games with the point against The Bluebirds but Bates reckons it could have been more had his side enjoyed more rub of the green.

“I thought we were the better side throughout,” Bates told Pools PlayerHD.

“We had more chances; we had three or four good situations in the first half where we should have probably scored so I feel like we had the better of it and possibly deserved three points.

“We wanted a quicker start than Saturday and we got that; I felt comfortable in the first half, we moved the ball quickly but we just couldn’t find the finishing touch – that happens sometimes.

“The lads are disappointed in there at the end which I don’t mind seeing but I have had to remind them that we’ve only lost one game in nine and that result tonight took us up a place in the table.

“If you’re not going to win a game you make sure you don’t lose it so we move on with confidence intact and if we play like we did for the majority of tonight then we’ll be there or thereabouts on Saturday as well.”

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


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