HARTLEPOOL United striker James Poole has labelled the deadlock with Colchester United “the most frustrating game of my career”.
Pools could not find a way beyond their 10-man visitors in the second half and so missed the chance to narrow the gap to safety to five points.
It was Poole himself who came closest, his stinging smash diverted onto the crossbar by goalkeeper Sam Walker midway through the second period.
And he reflected: “It was probably the most frustrating game I’ve ever played in.
“We put them under the cosh and they just couldn’t get out.
“To not a score a goal leaves you so deflated, especially as it was the game in hand and big chance for us.
“We should have won - it almost feels worse than a defeat.”
And, of his own effort which had looked to be headed for the back of the net until Walker’s intervention, Poole added: “I hit it quite well on my right foot.
“It just moved a little bit in the air and he went past it.
“I thought it was in but then he just flung his arm at it.
“At 2-0 up they fly in but on a night like that they don’t.
“We kept going and didn’t give up but it was so frustrating it just didn’t happen for us.”
Poole, though, will look to put that torment to the back his mind when the squad report for a warm-down at Maiden Castle today.
“We have to look at positives with 10 games to go,” he went on, “It’s a clean sheet, another game unbeaten and a point closer to safety, it might prove vital.
“As we’ve shown, supplementing the wins with the odd point can help.
“I’m honestly going to try to forget about the game.
“The more I think about it the more it bothers you can that can have a negative effect.”
– CRAIG HOPE