Scott Harrison says Hartlepool United displayed “character” in their Capital One Cup exit at the hands of Bournemouth.
The Cherries, who fielded a changed yet talented and expensively assembled side, were 4-0 winners.
It was a good learning curve to play against a team like thatSCOTT HARRISON
Three of the goals came in a stunning 15-minute spell at the end of the first half – French striker Yann Kermorgant, former England Under 21 midfielder Dan Gosling and ex-West Ham winger Junior Stanislas on target.
But Pools refused to surrender and conceded only one in the second half, Stanislas bagging his second.
“It shows there is character in this team,” said Harrison.
“We don’t want to lie down, no matter what the score or the team we are playing.
“We created some good chances in the second half.
“It ended 4-0 but we could easily have had a couple of goals ourselves.”
Harrison said, while it was disappointing to go down 4-0, it was good experience for the players to take on a team of the calibre of the Cherries.
“It was a good learning curve to play against a team like that,” said Harrison,” who was forced to contend with a dangerous frontline of Kermorgant and Lee Tomlin.
“Bournemouth are going to score a lot of goals, no matter who they are playing.
“They are a good attacking team.
“Mentally you had to be switched on all the time.
“They are running everywhere so it’s good to test yourself against a team like that.”
While it may not look like it when you view the scoreline, Pools gave it their all with the whole side put in a ‘shift’ defensively.
“We did all right, but when the first went in it was hard and in another 10 minutes, it was three,” said Harrison.
“In the first half, they had a few chances but as a unit I thought we defended well.
“Overall, I think we can take positives.”