Date: 22nd February 2016 at 5:50pm
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New manager Craig Hignett has said that despite falling to another defeat at the weekend against Luton Town, he could see real improvements in areas of Hartlepool’s game.

With it looking likely the game would end with a point a piece, a late goal from the hosts four minutes from time was enough to give them the return of all three points, and despite the obvious disappointment he felt at how the game went, Hignett was very much focusing on the positives in his post game media interviews.

Speaking to the Official Site, he explained.

‘We deserved at least a point and I can see the improvement in the lads. In the first half, even though we didn`t keep the ball well, the shape of the team was excellent and so was how they worked for each other, and we created a couple of chances as well. Then I thought we looked really good in the second half, keeping it and passing it – I`ve just told them that I can`t have a go at them if they play like that and they will win more than we will lose. We controlled the game in that second half; I thought we frustrated them and they resorted to long balls which was testament to how we played.’

With the controversial penalty award for Nicky Featherstone’s so called deliberate handball, Hignett confirmed he had spoken to the referee about it, but the referee was in no mind to concede he was wrong.

‘I`ve asked the referee about the penalty and he says he`s 100 on it because Nicky`s hand was up and it hit his forearm. But I`ve seen it and it doesn`t – he`s got his arm in front of his face and it hits his elbow so I think it was very harsh. It was a good reaction from us; Adam Jackson attacked it well and once we were level I thought we were the only team going to win but then we`ve conceded a really poor goal defensively.’

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