Craig Hignett admitted that although he was pleased with the way his team performed during the 1-1 draw with Leyton Orient there was a small amount of disappointment they didn’t win the game.
The Pools boss masterminded a powerful and attacking performance against the league-leaders which saw his side bounce back strongly after falling behind.
Nicke Kabamba’s equaliser in first-half injury-time changed the complexion of the game and Pools could even have gone on to take all three points had Liam Noble’s second-half penalty not been saved.
“It was a proper game of football,” Hignett told Pools PlayerHD
“There were two excellent teams, both wanting to win the game and neither took a step back really and I am really pleased with the lads for the full ninety.
“It could have gone either way; we’ve had to defend properly and Loach made a couple of saves but by the same token I thought we looked threatening up front with Luke James and Nicke Kabamba.
“I thought it was a poor goal that we conceded but the pleasing thing was the reaction and we should probably have won because of the penalty we got. We looked like a proper team, who gelled together as a unit.
“It was exciting and it was exhilarating, that’s everything that I want. I don’t want us to sit back, I want us to go forward and try to score goals.
“The fans want to see players thundering in to tackles, running, closing down – we did all of that, and showed a bit going forward – and we will get better.”