Hartlepool Utd paid price for not scoring again at Colchester

Ritchie Humphreys controls the ball with his chest. Picture by FRANK REID
Ritchie Humphreys controls the ball with his chest. Picture by FRANK REID

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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