Matthew Bates felt his side’s performance at FC Halifax Town was worthy of all three points irrespective of the two red card picked up by the hosts in the second half.
The Pools boss was full of praise for the way his players went about their task at The Shay Stadium as they racked up a fourth successive away win to move back up to fifth in the National League table.
“It was nothing short of what we deserved because, to a man, we were magnificent in that first half,” Bates told Pools PlayerHD.
“It was up there with the best I have seen up play with the way we moved the ball around and the intensity of the performance – it was just what we asked for before the game.
“I think even if they’d had eleven men on the pitch we would have won the game. The sendings-off help us, of course, but I don’t want to let that take away from a great performance.
“I said these players would get better and they are doing; the lads are getting used to things and they are getting more and more confidence.
“We wanted more goals but we also wanted to make sure we didn’t play 50/50 balls or give them a chance to get the ball, we just wanted to keep it.
“It was disappointing to concede near the end but the lads know that, I don’t need to tell them.
“I have to say the fans were magnificent and the lads were really appreciative. We went over before the game and gave them a cheer to get them going and I can’t fault them at all – they’re our twelfth man.”