We Didn’t Show Our Quality – Hignett

Craig Hignett, Hartlepool United v Chesterfield

Craig Hignett admitted his side lacked the quality required to take all three points as they were forced to settle for a draw against Chesterfield at The Vic on Tuesday night.

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 bright start 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 we were 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 him the equaliser.

“After that, I thought it was two teams who tried hard but with 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 thought it 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, not just 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.”