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We Were Naive - Challinor

16 November 2019

Club News

We Were Naive - Challinor

16 November 2019

Dave Challinor admitted that his players showed naivety as

they surrendered a two-goal lead to let ten-man Ebbsfleet United rescue a point

at The Kuflink Stadium on Saturday.

Pools looked destined for two wins from two under Challinor

when Gavan Holohan's first half brace put them in the driving seat against the


However, Myles Weston hit the net twice in the final 18

minutes as the Kent outfit mounted an unlikely recovery to snatch a share of the


“Football has a habit of giving you elation and then grabbingit away from you in the next breath,” said Challinor afterwards.

“I can be critical, I can be annoyed and angry, all those

things but I am disappointed for the players because I think we've done more

than enough to win that game.

“If you're going to be successful at any level you need to

be ruthless. The game could have been won in the first half and should have been

won in the first ten minutes of the second half.

“Then we showed a bit of naivety and it's déjà vu from NottsCounty where the game turned.

“At half-time we spoke about being positive and I think we

were positive for the first ten or fifteen minutes of the second half but then

we became a little bit safe.

“They got some momentum, the crowd got back in the game and

they put us on the back foot – after that we were very naïve in terms of our

defending and our decision-making.

“We would have loved to have won and I'm as disappointed for

the fans who travelled as well as the players because there were loads of

positives but unfortunately today a little bit of negativity too.

“We move forward now and use that as a learning experience andmotivation to go and win next week.”

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