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Conditions Were Unbelievable - Hignett

12 March 2019

Craig Hignett Mark Fletcher, Shutter Press
Craig Hignett, pictured at AFC Fylde

Craig Hignett paid tribute to his players and the fans as Pools suffered a rare set-back on the road at high-flying AFC Fylde.

Pools put in a great display only to go down to a first away defeat under Hignett in horrendous conditions at Mill Farm. 

Storm Gareth wreaked havoc to both teams with conditions farcical at times.

Goalmachine Danny Rowe put Fylde ahead early on but Pools levelled within 60 seconds of the second half through skipper Ryan Donaldson.

Hignett was unhappy with the officials for Fylde's second, a Fraser Kerr own goal, but Pools seemed on course for a point when Josh Hawkes's corner went straight in to make it 2-2 with 15 minutes left.

But a fortuitous Rowe goal put the Coasters 3-2 up with sub Lewis Walters adding a suspiciously-offside fourth in the last minute.

"The wind made it unbelievable for both sides, I have to say," Hignett told Pools Player HD.

"I've never seen a wind like it in a game, but we also had a couple of things go against us.

"Against a side like Fylde you need a bit of luck but you also want [the officials] to see a handball and an offside.

"For Rowe's second goal, Feaths has blocked a cross and it's blown high into the air and landed on top of Danny's head.

"I felt for the lads - Danny has handled the cross that's gone in off Fraser and the linesman and referee have missed it.

"The fourth was offside, it was clear for everyone to see, but we were chasing the game by that stage,"

Hignett was pleased with the effort and football his side produced, but was unhappy to leak four goals.

"What's come out of tonight's game for me is that we can't keep shipping goals like we are shipping and expect the lads up front to score twos and threes," he said.

"We will score goals - I thought the attacking play was really good again tonight - we look dangerous.

"There wasn't much in the game - if anything the score flatters them.

"I thought we played the better stuff at times and created the better chances, but we didn't stay in the game long enough when we got back in it."

Hignett was full of praise for the away support who backed the side loudly throughout on the Lancashire coast. 

"It was a horrible night but we still had loads here," he said.

"The support was fantastic. They've seen an entertaining game but, sadly, we've just come out on the wrong side of it."

See the full post-match interview with Craig Hignett on Pools Player HD later.

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