We Should Have Won The Game - Bates15 September 2018
Matthew Bates admitted his frustration after seeing Pools held to a 1-1 draw against Eastleigh but refused to be too downhearted as the unbeaten run increased to seven games.
Our Patience Paid Off - Bates8 September 2018
Matthew Bates praised his players’ patience and game management as they became the first side this season to take maximum points at Solihull Moors.
Finishing Touch Was Missing - Bates4 September 2018
Matthew Bates admitted his side didn’t find their killer instinct in the final third but insisted there were plenty of positives to take from Tuesday night’s goalless draw with Barrow.
We Did It The Hard Way - Bates1 September 2018
Matthew Bates paid tribute to his side for showing the character to grind out a fourth successive win despite not being at their best against Havant & Waterlooville on Saturday.
We Showed Our Will To Win - Bates27 August 2018
Matthew Bates said he wouldn’t trade his squad for any other in the National League after they racked up a third straight win with a battling triumph over Chesterfield.
We Showed Our Class In Second Half - Bates25 August 2018
Matthew Bates praised his players for their second half fightback as they came from behind to clinch all three points at Dagenham & Redbridge on Saturday.
Let's Make Our Mark Now - Bates18 August 2018
Matthew Bates admitted that picking up the first win of the season came as a big relief and now he’s backing the players to put their stamp on the National League.
We Could Have Scored Seven - Bates14 August 2018
Matthew Bates admitted he and the players were as gutted as the fans after Pools were denied victory right at the death despite a strong performance at Braintree Town.
We Need To Be More Ruthless - Bates11 August 2018
Matthew Bates admitted his side weren’t clinical enough in front of goal and gave away a poor goal as they were beaten by Ebbsfleet United at The Super 6 Stadium on Saturday.
A Kick In The Teeth - Bates7 August 2018
Matthew Bates admitted it was hard to take seeing his team denied all three points in the final minute against Harrogate Town – but he remained upbeat about the performance.
We Had The Better Chances - Bates4 August 2018
Matthew Bates was pleased with his side’s encouraging opening day performance at Maidstone United though he admitted his frustration at the penalty award that went against Pools.