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We Showed Our Spirit - Challinor

1 December 2019

Club News

We Showed Our Spirit - Challinor

1 December 2019

Dave Challinor praised the 'Never Say Die' attitude of his players after the fought back from two goals down to draw 2-2 at Exeter City and clinch an FA Cup Second Round replay.

Nicky Featherstone's long-range scorcher and Nicke Kabamba's

predatory finish saw Pools roar back from the brink of an FA Cup exit at St

James' Park and Challinor said the team must take all the credit.

“Since I have come in, they have shown they're an honest

bunch and the epitomise what is written on the back of the shirt,” he told

Pools TV.

“I thought in the first half I thought we were a little bit

safe; out of possession we knew what shape we wanted to play but on the ball we

wanted to go and affect the game.

“We have two willing runners up front who will run all day

for you – but you've got to give them the ball and we didn't play forward

enough and we conceded poor goals so we have to learn from that.

“At half-time we spoke about not going out wondering or

saying ‘what if?' and we've seen before on both sides of the coin that goals

change games – and a strike like that from Feaths is always going to put you on

the front foot.

“It gave us an injection of energy. We changed our shape andwent a bit more gung-ho and we've got a draw out of.

“We've shown an awful lot to make sure we're in the draw and

once again given the fans who made the long journey something to go home happy


“We gave ourselves a mountain to climb again but we seem to

love a challenge and the players have to take all the credit for keeping going

and coming back.”

The draw for the Third Round will take place at Manchester

City's Etihad Stadium on Monday evening for which Challinor and his assistant

Joe Parkinson are invited guests.

The Pools boss says he knows neither club can afford to count

their chickens ahead of a replay but he is crossing his fingers that the draw

is kind on Monday evening for whichever team progresses.

“We certainly aren't looking past the replay because we know

it will be an unbelievably tough game but I think Exeter will be in the same boat

as us and would love to go to Spurs or Man United.

“Hopefully, for the two of us, whichever team gets through has a draw waiting that will help finance the club moving forward.”

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