Craig Hignett admitted his side lacked the quality required
to take all three points as they were forced to settle for a draw against
Pools looked set for a good evening when Peter Kioso stabbed
home an opener early on but Hignett's men couldn't take advantage of the brightstart and Tom Denton nodded a leveller for the visitors.
However, the Pools insisted that there were bigger things at
stake during Tuesday's encounter following a traumatic few days for the Club,the players and the supporters.
“It was a flat performance,” Hignett told Pools TV.
“It was a strange atmosphere and I suppose that was to be
expected after Saturday but the lads coped with it really well and I thought wewere better in the first half than the second.
“We got the goal and then we looked fairly comfortable for a
spell but Tom Denton is a big lad and we didn't cope particularly well with himthe equaliser.
“After that, I thought it was two teams who tried hard butwith no real quality and the game fizzled out in the end really.
“It was important we showed we were together tonight, and we
did that, as a crowd and as a team, and the game went off in the way I thoughtit would.
“We had to show everyone that what happened on Saturday isn't
tolerated as this Football Club – it was important to get that message out, notjust for the players but for the fans as well.
“We've all been tarred by the same brush in the last few days and we've all felt sick about what happened on Saturday so it was important the true supporters stuck together like that tonight.”