Mixed emotions for Hartlepool Utd boss after Bournemouth defeat

Ritchie Humphreys send his header wide against Bournemouth. Picture by FRANK REID
Ritchie Humphreys send his header wide against Bournemouth. Picture by FRANK REID
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JOHN Hughes had mixed emotions when it came to assessing his side’s efforts.

The Hartlepool United boss was pleased on one hand at the manner in which they dragged themselves back into the match, but frustrated with the overall quality of their play.

“I felt we were outplayed in the first half but had the two best chances of the game,” he reflected.

“But our passing was too sloppy at times.

“I’d like to think we’re better than that.

“We were back in the game with that goal from Jack and you’re saying ‘right, come on then’.

“But it’s another game we haven’t taken anything from and that’s disappointing.

“We matched them in the second half and they knew they were in a game.

“But we gave ourselves too much to do and it’s another chance for points gone.

“Yes, we were playing against a right good side who’ll fancy their chances for promotion and at times we stopped them playing.

“But I’d like to be more like them and we have to use the ball better than we did.”

– CRAIG HOPE