Date: 26th September 2016 at 5:08pm
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Hartlepool were on course for a third win in the South West this season at Plymouth, having already beaten Exeter and Yeovil, before a late penalty saw Argyle claim a one-all draw at Home Park.

Nathan Thomas’ fourth-goal of the season had Hartlepool one-up on Saturday but when Toto Nsiala was harshly adjudged to have committed a foul Plymouth claimed a point when Jake Jervis converted a penalty.

The half time lead was something Hignett was happy with, which was also deserved telling the Official Site.

‘I thought our shape was really good and the work ethic from the players was different class. In the first half we played some really good stuff, controlled the game, created chances, scored the goal and frustrated them really. It was a great goal for Nathan – I`ve spoken to him and he`s told me that he meant it so we`ll just have to take his word for it but we deserved that lead at half time.’

The changes Plymouth made to the second half were expected from Hignett but he still felt we ‘coped with it well.’

Well, until the farcical penalty, which he was less than convinced by.

‘Toto is turning towards his own goal to kick the ball away, their lad is running in but, in my opinion, that shouldn`t be a penalty in a month of Sundays – I think anyone would be disappointed to have a decision like that given against them.’

He added with enough goalscoring chances he was disappointed not to see more goals scored.

But concluded, despite losing the goal the way Hartlepool did, the long journey home was still a good once after a ‘performance like that’ even if he wanted all three-points of course.

‘To lose a goal in that way after how hard they`ve worked was a real kick in the guts. Again the fans were brilliant – everywhere we go seems to be a ten-hour journey but they`ve turned up to support us. We`ve not done too badly in this region this season and when you get a performance like that it will be a decent journey home, albeit that we would have liked the three points.’

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