Craig Hignett says his Hartlepool United comeback kings no longer ‘crumble’ when behind like last season.

Billy Paynter rues missing the chance to open the scoring for Pools at Crewe
Billy Paynter rues missing the chance to open the scoring for Pools at Crewe

Craig Hignett says his Hartlepool United comeback kings no longer ‘crumble’ when behind like last season.

But the boss admits he would like to see his team start scoring first, starting with this afternoon’s visit of Notts County.

We could have crumbled and people have said that in the past, but I don’t feel that now

Craig Hignett

Pools have fallen behind in every game so far this season but have shown to character to battle back in all but one – the EFL Cup defeat at Preston.

And while Hignett says he will always back his side to come from behind, he insists it’s only a matter of time until his side net first.

Tuesday evening’s draw at Crewe was the third time United have conceded first in League Two this season, yet they still remain unbeaten as they prepare to welcome the Magpies to the Northern Gas and Power Stadium.

At 3-1 down last season, Hignett believes that Pools would have “crumbled” and succumbed to a heavy defeat.

But now, he says, things are different with the squad showing character and resilience to fight their way back into games.

The boss did admit that conceding first is a concern, but that the attacking options within his squad mean he is always confident of a comeback.

“We could have crumbled and people have said that in the past,” he said.

“But I don’t feel that now.

“We’ve been a goal behind in every game we’ve played.

“Against Colchester we saw a great reaction and we should have won that game.

“At Exeter we were great in the second half to come back.

“Then at Crewe, even with the clock ticking down, we did well to get back into it.

“It’s always hard when you’re coming from behind, but I know we’ve got goals in this side.”

Hignett is keen for his side to start scoring first, and they had a golden opportunity to do so at Gresty Road in midweek only for Billy Paynter to chip wide when through on goal after just seven minutes.

But the Pools boss knows the opening goals will come soon, although he says he won’t be worried should his side find themselves behind against County.

“It would have made a massive difference if Billy (Paynter) had but that one away the other night,” he added.

“It’s only a matter of time until we score first.

“Hopefully that will be against Notts County, but even if we go a goal down I’m not going to panic.