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We Were Different Team In Second Half - Hignett

9 March 2019

Craig Hignett Mark Fletcher (Shutter Press)
Pools boss Craig Hignett

Craig Hignett was delighted with the way his side put a sluggish first half behind them in style by roaring back from two goals down to claim a dramatic victory over Dover Athletic.

Josh Hawkes scored twice from the spot to bring Hignett’s men back on level terms before the roof came off at The Super 6 Stadium when Luke Molynuex fired home a stoppage-time winner.

It was the second time in as many games that Pools have had to react after falling 2-0 behind and Hignett admitted it was a performance that was reasonably straightforward to analyse.

“It’s easy to sum up – a bad first half and a good second half,” Hignett told Pools PlayerHD.

“We weren’t quite at it in the first half, it just wasn’t happening for us and we went for a spell – for ten or fifteen minutes it was the first time that we looked like we were going to go.

“Credit to the lads, we got them in at half-time and changed to a different system and we looked like a different team.

“I told the lads at half-time that if we got one goal that Dover could go, and they did because this is a tough place to come. When we got that goal we had the momentum and I fancied us to go on and win it.

“For Josh (Hawkes) to put the two penalties away the way he did is a great testament – he’s got a cool head on young shoulders.

“Then it was a brilliant finish from Luke Molyneux. I thought he made a real difference when he came on and he just passed it in to the corner, no panic about him.

“We had other chances too but when we’ve needed Loachy he’s come up with the goods as well so I was delighted with the lads in the second half and again that character that they showed.”

Click here now to watch our full post-match interview with Craig Hignett on Pools PlayerHD.


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