Hartlepool United’s Antony Sweeney takes responsibility for Yeovil Town’s goal

Antony Sweeney gets in a header. Picture by FRANK REID
Antony Sweeney gets in a header. Picture by FRANK REID

ANTONY Sweeney has taken responsibility for the goal which condemned Hartlepool United to a sixth straight home defeat.

The Pools midfielder was outdone by Yeovil Town defender Bondz N’Gala in the first half as he rose to head the game’s only goal direct from a corner-kick.

Sweeney has today admitted that it was he who was charged with the task of marking the scorer.

But last year’s player of the season also believes Pools fell way short on a team level as they equalled an unwanted club record for consecutive home losses.

“I think we turned up expecting to win the game but we just didn’t perform,” he told SportMail.

“For their goal it was a slack set-play from myself.

“The lad pinned me and got above me to score the goal – that’s the first mistake.

“But Scott (Flinders) said in the dressing room afterwards that he could have kept it out as well.”

Read more of Sweeney’s reaction, plus a full match report of Pools’ home defeat, in today’s Sportmail.