Hartlepool United’s Jake Cassidy feels it was two points dropped against Chester

Hartlepool United's Jake Cassidy in action against Chester.
Hartlepool United's Jake Cassidy in action against Chester.

Hartlepool United striker Jake Cassidy feels it was two points dropped for his side after they were held to a draw by Chester, writes Mark Donnelly.

Hartlepool United striker Jake Cassidy feels it was two points dropped for his side after they were held to a draw by Chester, writes Mark Donnelly.

Despite a dominant display, Pools were forced to settle for a point and are still searching for a first win in the National League. But it could have been worse for Craig Harrison’s side who were behind after only 59 seconds when James Akintunde side-footed home from 12 yards.

Pools then hit the woodwork three times and it looked for a while as if they would be left empty-handed.

But summer signing Cassidy rescued a point with his second goal of the season as he headed home from close range.

And while the striker felt his side should have taken all three points, he was pleased with his side’s performance after their early setback.

“From the mistake onwards I thought we were brilliant,” he said.

“We caused them a lot of problems and created a lot of chances and on another day we could have won the game by four or five.

“I think it’s two points dropped and everyone feels the same in the dressing room. But I think there’s a lot more positives there than negatives.

“We can’t account for individual errors, but if we can start how we finished that game then I think we’ll put teams under pressure and get some wins.

It was a dominant performance from Pools who pushed forward at every opportunity and swarmed the Chester half.

That, says Cassidy, was the pre-game plan from boss Harrison.

“That was the message from the gaffer all week in training to put teams under the cosh, go forward early and play a bit higher up the field,” he admitted.

“It was nice tonight to get the ball forward quickly and play in their half.

“There were so many chances, one of them had to hit the net.”