Sam Collins hailed some individual brilliance in Hartlepool United’s 2-1 win at York City but insisted that success came down to “teamwork”.
Assistant boss Collins led Pools to a second consecutive win during the absence of Ronnie Moore, who is in Spain with daughter, Charlotte, who is recovering from illness.
The spirit is here, it’s a team, we’re not about individuals and we saw thatSAM COLLINS
And the Pools side did big Sam proud by fighting back from going a goal down to Reece Thompson’s first goal for York to win through strikes by Billy Paynter and Michael Woods in the last 19 minutes.
“Away from home you have to dig in and we showed character to come back from one down,” said Collins.
“In terms of effort and determination it was fantastic.
“It was a physical test, a good one at that, York are a bit more direct than we have come up against so far this season.”
Collins had special praise for Carl Magnay, who operated in midfield, and for Paynter, whose goal was a belter, going into Scott Flinders’ top-left corner.
“I felt Carl was outstanding in front of the back four, throwing his body in front of the ball, winning headers,” he said.
“Billy scored a superb goal. Everything he touches turns to gold. What a goal.
“But in terms of effort and teamwork we showed what we are about.
“The spirit is here, it’s a team, we’re not about individuals and we saw that.”
York City boss Russ Wilcox felt that Paynter’s goal turned the game the way of Pools.”
“I felt Billy Paynter was the difference from the moment he produced that bit of magic,” Wilcox said.
“It changed the mindset of everyone in the game.’’