Date: 17th February 2016 at 5:08pm
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New manager Craig Hignett has said he was very happy with the fighting spirit shown by Hartlepool in last night’s game against Notts County and despite losing the match, he felt we had been worthy of a point.

Going down three two at The Vic despite fighting back from a two goal deficit, speaking to the Official Site in his post game press conference, the gaffer said there were still plenty of positives he could take from the game and equally plenty of things the side needs to improve upon.

‘The result is disappointing because once we got back to 2-2 there was only one team that was going to win that, for me. As disappointing as that first half was, I was really pleased with the second half – they showed a bit of fight and they showed a bit of character and belief, that`s all I want from them.’

Hignett went on to say in terms of decisions, he knows the squad can do better as they tried to play football at the wrong time and for him row Z at the right time is never something he’ll criticise.

‘We tried to play football but there`s a time and a place for it and we got pick-pocketed for the first goal – it was a great finish by Jon Stead who I thought was the difference between the two sides. I had to change things and we put Lewis Hawkins on who I thought was excellent in the second half; we changed the shape and I thought we looked a different side. I thought they would panic a bit if we scored, and they did. We just kept pressing and pressing, played some decent stuff and got back to 2-2 and I thought we`d go on and win it.’

His main frustration was in seeing so many chances created as he knows we could’ve got that third goal, but unfortunately it wasn’t to be.

We created so many chances that to come away with nothing was an injustice for us but fair play to Notts County – they came out of the traps quickly and that`s where they won the game really.’

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