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We Should Have Won The Game - Bates

15 September 2018

Matthew Bates admitted his frustration after seeing Pools held to a 1-1 draw against Eastleigh but refused to be too downhearted as the unbeaten run increased to seven games.

The Pools boss felt the game against The Spitfires was there for the taking once Niko Muir prodded in from close range during a dominant opening period.

However, his side paid the price for not adding to the scoreline when Paul McCallum nodded a second half leveller for the visitors and snatch a share of the spoils.

“We’re frustrated because in the first half we were brilliant and could have been two or three up,” Bates told Pools PlayerHD.

“But we were flat when we came out for the second half and it took their equaliser for us to get back to the standards of the first half.

“Their keeper made a couple of great saves and I think against a side in a poor run of form if we had gone 2-0 up then we could have gone to get three of four but it wasn’t to be.

“Our goal was great build-up – Ryan did ever so well before he had to come off and it was a brilliant ball and it was nice for Niko to get a goal which is a reward for the work he’s doing.

“We’re disappointed, of course, but I think that shows how far we’ve come – we’re still on a great run and up there in the league but we’ve come a long way as a Club.

“We go in to our next two games with confidence – I think we’re unbeaten away since March so we’ll be looking to win those games.”

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

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