We Were Naive – Challinor

Dave Challinor, Hartlepool United

Dave Challinor admitted that his players showed naivety as they surrendered a two-goal lead to let ten-man Ebbsfleet United rescue a point at The Kuflink Stadium on Saturday.

Pools looked destined for two wins from two under Challinor when Gavan Holohan’s first half brace put them in the driving seat against the hosts.

However, Myles Weston hit the net twice in the final 18 minutes as the Kent outfit mounted an unlikely recovery to snatch a share of the spoils.

“Football has a habit of giving you elation and then grabbing it away from you in the next breath,” said Challinor afterwards.

“I can be critical, I can be annoyed and angry, all those things but I am disappointed for the players because I think we’ve done more than enough to win that game.

“If you’re going to be successful at any level you need to be ruthless. The game could have been won in the first half and should have been won in the first ten minutes of the second half.

“Then we showed a bit of naivety and it’s déjà vu from Notts County where the game turned.

“At half-time we spoke about being positive and I think we were positive for the first ten or fifteen minutes of the second half but then we became a little bit safe.

“They got some momentum, the crowd got back in the game and they put us on the back foot – after that we were very naïve in terms of our defending and our decision-making.

“We would have loved to have won and I’m as disappointed for the fans who travelled as well as the players because there were loads of positives but unfortunately today a little bit of negativity too.

“We move forward now and use that as a learning experience and motivation to go and win next week.”