IT’S an age-old footballing truism, but Evan Horwood admits Hartlepool United paid the price for failing to turn their first-half dominance into goals against Walsall.
The left-back spent the bulk of the opening 45 minutes deep in opposition territory as the hosts fashioned a string of chances, each passing without score.
Pools were unable to match their earlier endeavour after the break and did not once threaten the visiting goal.
And, speaking to SportMail following the stalemate, Horwood reflected: “When we’re on top we need to take our chances.
“But again we haven’t taken them and again we’ve came away without the result we wanted.
“There was a spell in the first half which reminded me of the best we’ve been during the past couple of seasons.
“We were really solid and got the ball wide and put them under real pressure.
“But it’s that long since we’ve scored a goal now, it’s so frustrating.”
Horwood had been at the heart of everything good about Pools during the opening period, only to find himself an isolated figure after the interval.
“In the second half it was hard,” he went on.
“The Hartlepool wind machine kept blowing the ball to the other side of the pitch in the second half, because I’d seen so much of it in the first half.
“You could feel the nerves in the stands and they weren’t trying to play football, it all got a bit scrappy.
“It turned into a bit of a basketball game near the end and it was difficult for us.
“At half-time I thought we would go on to win it but it didn’t work out as we’d hoped and in the end it was a case of not making any mistakes at the back.
“We got a point and it could still make a difference, but we know we need wins and it’s frustrating we didn’t make it pay in the first half.”