John Hughes bemoans Pools luck at Carlisle United

Jonathan Franks hits a shot against the cross bar during the defeat to Carlisle United. Picture by FRANK REID
Jonathan Franks hits a shot against the cross bar during the defeat to Carlisle United. Picture by FRANK REID
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JOHN Hughes believes that misfortune again played a part in Hartlepool United’s 3-0 Boxing Day defeat at Carlisle United.

Former Pools midfielder Matty Robson opened the scoring when his first-half shot cannoned into the net following a sizeable deflection off Sam Collins.

Robson added a second before the break when Scott Flinders flapped at a corner kick and the scorer provided Lee Miller with an easy third in the second half.

But Hughes felt his side could have taken something from the game but for better luck.

“Football has a habit of when you’re down it keeps you down,” he told SportMail.

“You can’t legislate for the first two goals.

“It was a bit of bad luck and a mistake.

“I really feel for Scotty because he’s been the best player since I came in.

“We’re carrying no kind of luck and everything is going against us.

“But I thought the spirit was there first half and we started well.

“Jon Franks had one off the bar and Stevie Howard had one cleared off the line.

“Even in the second half some of the things that were falling about the box just would not drop for us.

“On another day we could have scored a couple of goals, that’s for sure.”

Hughes believes that Pools competed well against their northern rivals despite the relative ease the scoreline suggests.

And he went on: “We need to let the other team know they’ve been in a game in terms of commitment and effort and I felt that was there.

“Most of the game, 80 per cent of it, is in your head.

“We have to go out there and have a real go and I felt we did that.

“Yes, we are fragile and we are low on confidence, there is a trepidation.

“But we are where we are – what are we going to do about it?

“We have to battle for everything and show pride for the people of the town and the football club.”