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We Can Still Improve - Donaldson

4 September 2019

Club News

We Can Still Improve - Donaldson

4 September 2019

Ryan Donaldson fired home the only goal at Barrow on Tuesday

night to secure a third successive win and then warned Pools' National League rivals

that they're only going to get better.

The skipper was restored to the side for the midweek trip to

Holker Street and repaid the faith shown in him by Craig Hignett by scoring

twenty minutes from time to clinch the 1-0 victory.

Nine points from nine has boosted Pools up to eighth in the

table ahead of a mouth-watering televised clash with in-form Woking on Saturday

and Donaldson was thrilled with the result.

“It's a massive win, a huge win,” he told Pools TV.

“We showed a side to us that we need in this league.

“It was a bit uncomfortable at times and they had a lot of

the ball but we knew that might be the case and we were fine with that, and we

had a few chances on the break.

“We're getting better every game and we have a lot be

pleased about but we can still improve so hopefully it's exciting times to


Donaldson's breakaway goal came after good work from Gime

Toure on the halfway line allowed him to run clean through before finishing clinically

past former Pools loan man Joel Dixon.

“I didn't know how much time I had or else I might have panickedand messed it up somehow!

“I have got away and not really looked at where the defence

was, just focused on the keeper. He was swaying a bit but I whipped it back

across him – it was a good finish so I was pleased.

“I had one in the first half which got under my feet alittle bit but I was confident when I went through the second time.

“I had Nobsa behind me shouting ‘time, time' and I was

thinking ‘just leave me alone, I have enough to think about here!' Thankfully,

it's gone in so I was happy.”

Donaldson saved his final word for the travelling band of

Pools fans who braved the elements to show their support in Cumbria on Tuesday


Many of those in the terraced area behind the goal ran for cover

when the torrential rain reached its peak, but some were too stubborn and

simply cheered the team on from behind the deluge.

“Ridiculous. Stupendous. Mental. But class,” said Donaldson.

“You shouldn't be surprised by Pools fans anymore, but youare.

“We were talking before the game about how many fans there

would be with it being a horrible, rainy Tuesday night – and then you come out

and see them.

“Particularly in the second half, they really got behind us and willed us on. I know they'll be very wet but I really hope they enjoyed that.”

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