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Our Patience Paid Off - Bates

8 September 2018

Matthew Bates Alan Hayward (Shutter Press)
Pools boss Matthew Bates

Matthew Bates praised his players’ patience and game management as they became the first side this season to take maximum points at Solihull Moors.

Liam Noble’s superb second half curler proved the decisive moment to help Pools climb to fourth in the National League table on the back of a seven-game unbeaten run.

“We know how hard it is to come here – they were unbeaten at home but we also knew that we were unbeaten away,” Bates told Pools PlayerHD.

“Would I have been happy with a point before the game? Yes, probably and I don’t mind admitting that but once their lads gets sent-off we want the three points.

“On the balance of play I thought we could have had more goals but we didn’t get the rub of the green in the box – I am delighted with the lads though because they managed the game very well.

“We told them at half-time that they needed to be patient – we wanted to move them across the pitch and get the full-backs high and wide because we know the gaps would open up and they did.

“It isn’t always easy playing against ten men but what impressed me was that when we got the goal we didn’t go gung-ho for a second, we just kept the ball well and I have to say I thought Nicky Featherstone dictated the play for us.

“Liam has been great for team morale and what a finish from him – he always wants the ball and he wants to take risks and that’s what we ask of him.

“We keep going and keep building now. I’m not interested where we are in the league, we just have to keep on picking up the points and we’ll get where we want to be.”

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

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