GOALSCORING midfielder Matty Dolan admitted the “frantic” 1-1 Boxing Day draw away to Chesterfield was a “brilliant” game to play in, writes Richard mennear.
The 20-year-old helped secure a point for Colin Cooper’s 10-man Hartlepool United side with a 48th minute penalty in one of his best performances in a blue and white shirt.
The on-loan Middlesbrough midfielder coolly slotted the ball into the right-hand corner of the net to cancel out Tendayi Darikwa’s 29th minute strike and help Pools towards a point, their fourth consecutive draw in the league.
Dolan, who praised the 588-strong away support, described the action as “frantic” but said he really enjoyed the contest against table topping Chesterfield.
Hartlepool-born Dolan said: “I think it was one of my better performances.
“Apart from last week, when I was quiet because I was under the weather, I think I have carried on getting better and better.
“Playing football regularly you are going to get better and I enjoyed the game, it was brilliant.
“It was a frantic game though and in the first 20 minutes I’d said to their midfielder “It is a good job none of us had Christmas dinner” because it was completely open in the first 20 minutes.
“It was a brilliant game to play in though.
“The performance has set the standard and their gaffer has complimented our gaffer about the way we played.
“I think if we had the 11 men on the pitch, there was only ever going to be one team that won the game.”
He scored his second goal of the season from the penalty spot and admits he would love to score more goals for his hometown club.
Dolan added: “I have a taste for goals and as a midfielder you have to contribute and score and I’d like to get a couple more.
“I got forward a lot more and I think I had been playing well.
“Hopefully, I’ll just keep getting better and better and the lads I have around me have been brilliant.
“Everybody is just going to keep progressing.”
Pools were supported by a huge away following and Dolan was keen to celebrate with the Pools supporters when he bagged the equaliser from the spot.
Dolan added: “Boxing Day you would expect people to be a bit hungover and maybe not make the trip but the support from the fans has been brilliant and we are pleased we got them a point.
“We could have given them all three at the end but at least we have given them something to shout and cheer about.
“The atmosphere was brilliant.
“Our fans didn’t shut up all game and they were the only ones you could hear near the end.
“The supporters came in fantastic numbers and there was no way I wasn’t going in to celebrate with them when I scored.”
Meanwhile, Dolan should be fit to take on Morecambe FC on Sunday in the club’s next Sky Bet League Two match, despite going down under a heavy challenge in the second half against Chesterfield.
He added: “I’d thought I’d broke my ankle at one point.
“Their player kicked me from behind and rolled my ankle forward.
“But I’ll get that assessed today and then kick on for Sunday against Morecambe.”