Antony Sweeney has insisted that the disappointment felt at
only claiming a point at Notts County is an indicator of the progress that has
The caretaker boss came close to masterminding a fourth
successive win when goals from Gavan Holohan and Luke James put Pools in the drivingseat at Meadow Lane.
However, the hosts grabbed a goal back just before the break
and that gave them the momentum to draw level on the hour during a more evensecond half.
“That we're disappointed with a draw shows how far we'vecome,” Sweeney told Pools TV.
“It was a roller-coaster of a game. I thought in the first
half for 44 minutes the game plan and the way the players executed that gameplan was next to perfect.
“An error in judgement just before half-time swung the game
a little in their favour and got the crowd back onside so we found it hard inthe second half – but, make no bones about it, Notts County are a good side.
“I think it's a credit to our lads that we made them look
ordinary because they're not ordinary. They want to play football but we wantedto try and make them play football in areas that didn't hurt us.
“We had a good pressing line and we told the lads to be
compact, block passing lanes and as soon as you win it go and try and get some goals,bounce on it, counter-attack and exploit the space.
“If we could have gone in at 2-0 the whole mood would have
been different – that goal gave them a lifeline and they pinned us back a bit inthe second half when we showed another side to our game.
“The easy thing would have been to shut up shop but we tried
to still carry a threat by throwing Niko Muir on and going two up front and even
with our last change we put Luke Williams on when we could have gone moredefensive.
“We tried and, on another day it would have gone for us, but on the balance of both halves I think 2-2 was probably the fair result.”