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It Was Fine Margins - Bates

26 September 2018

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

Matthew Bates felt the 3-0 defeat at Salford City was harsh on his side but has backed them to hit back quickly and being to build another unbeaten run.

The Pools boss insisted the scoreline flattered their hosts but said that the players would dust themselves down and go again when they report back to training on Thursday.

“I think it was fine margins,” Bates told Pools PlayerHD.

“At half-time we were right in the game, very evenly-matched against a good Salford side and we came out really strongly in the second half and had a good spell.

“We were pleased with the way things were going but then we concede a goal which shouldn’t really happen and then they’ve scored a second from a corner which shouldn’t happen either.

“I thought we matched them in most parts of the game. It was always going to be difficult coming here but I thought we acquitted ourselves well, particularly in that first half.

“Defeat away at Salford isn’t going to define our season so we’ll have a day off on Wednesday to clear the heads and then it’s important we’re bubbly and ready to go again on Thursday.”

Bates revealed that the Club’s medical staff would be assessing the injury which forced Niko Muir off during the first half of Tuesday’s game but said he hoped that it wasn’t too serious.

“It’s a kick, that’s all we think it is.

“That’s all I can say at the moment because we’ve not really had time to assess it properly so we’ll know more in the next couple of days.”

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

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