We Showed Resilience – Challinor

Dave Challinor, Hartlepool United

Dave Challinor praised his side’s character after seeing them come from two goals down to claim a point against Boreham Wood at Victoria Park.

The new boss was staring down the barrel of a defeat in his first game in charge when the visitors went 2-0 up thanks to a first half penalty from Sorba Thomas and a second half strike from Kabongo Tshimanga.

However, a bullet strike from Nicky Featherstone twenty minutes from time restored hope before Gime Toure scored from the spot twelve minutes later to make it 2-2.

“We showed signs of real resilience and determination,” Challinor told Pools TV.

“Ultimately, goals will change games, particularly here at The Vic and we spoke before the game about moments which keep the crowd in it and get the atmosphere going.

“The fans were brilliant to stay with us when we went 2-0 down because there is obviously expectation and we have to deal with that.

“Thankfully we got back to 2-2 by the end and on another day we could even have nicked it but at least we sent the fans home a little happier than they were with twenty minutes to go.

“Boreham Wood are a handful and the five attacking players have pace, good movement and they play with a high intensity – for the first ten minutes we didn’t start and we didn’t deal with it.

“At half-time we were critical because we had good chances that we should have scored but we were behind so the first ten minutes of the second half were going to be important – and then we concede again.

“The substitutions made a difference, the lads came on and had an impact. We had to gamble and chance our shape, and it’s all credit to the players to keep on going and get a point we didn’t look like getting.”