RITCHIE Humphreys admits Hartlepool United paid the price for not making safe their advantage during the 1-1 draw at Colchester United.
Pools edged in front on 17 minutes thanks to Antony Sweeney’s close-range header and they led until the final 10 minutes of the game.
However, the soft concession of a penalty kick following Paul Murray’s trip on Gavin Massey allowed Freddie Sears to steal a point for the U’s.
And Humphreys told SportMail: “We stopped them threatening anything at all throughout the game.
“So it’s disappointing to draw a game we should have won and really we’ve paid the price for not getting that second goal.
“In the end we still felt it was a soft penalty but you see them given.
“Maybe he’s bought it a little bit, but strikers will go down in the box with a little bit of contact and we’ve got to take it on the chin and move on because there were lots of positives.”
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