Hartlepool United unlucky to lose at Coventry says Jack Baldwin

JACK'S THE LAD: Jack Baldwin celebrates his goal against Coventry City FA Cup 2nd Rnd Replay. Picture by FRANK REID
JACK'S THE LAD: Jack Baldwin celebrates his goal against Coventry City FA Cup 2nd Rnd Replay. Picture by FRANK REID

FRUSTRATED Jack Baldwin believes Hartlepool United were desperately unlucky to lose last night’s FA Cup tie against Coventry City.

And the 20-year-old has called on Pools to take out their frustrations against Burton Albion in the weekend’s Sky Bet League Two match at Victoria Park.

Baldwin was almost the hero for Pools last night, equalising with a power header from a Matty Dolan corner to pull the scores level at 1-1 in the 87th minute.

But the Essex boy’s third goal of the season, which cancelled out Leon Clarke’s 36th-minute opener, wasn’t enough to send the second round replay into extra-time as Clarke popped up with seconds left to put the League One side through.

Pools had shown a strong spirit and determination to come back so late and the central defender admitted afterwards that the Pools players thought they may have even nicked a win before the final whistle.

But it wasn’t to be and Steven Pressley’s Coventry City side will now play Barnsley at Oakwell in the third round of the world-famous cup competition.

A deflated Baldwin said: “Towards the end it was really frustrating, for them to nick the late winner and win the tie so late on.

“We thought we could maybe hold on and go into extra time after we’d equalised or maybe even nick it before the final whistle.

“But it was really frustrating to come away with nothing.

“In the end we were unfortunate to lose.

“We have played a few League One clubs and we have shown we can hold our own.

“We battered Rotherham at home, Bradford as well, and there has been a few League One clubs that we have shown what we can do well against.

“It is just frustrating to come away with nothing.

“We have to take out all the frustrations against Burton on Saturday at the Vic and show what we can do.”