JORDAN Hugill insists there was never any doubt he would start against York City despite concerns over an eye injury, writes RICHARD MENNEAR.
But he was left to rue a “tough day at the office” after Pools were sunk 1-0 at Bootham Crescent to leave them just a point above the drop zone.
We are all disappointed, expecially with us playing in front of 2,000 fansJordan Hugill
The on-loan Preston North End striker was a major doubt ahead of the crunch Sky Bet League Two fixture after suffering blurred vision following a bang to the eye against Southend United.
Middlesbrough-born Hugill hadn’t trained all week but finally got the go-ahead late Friday night.
But he was unable to inspire Pools to victory over a 10-man York side, who restricted a shot-shy Pools following Luke Summerfield’s 67th minute winner.
Hugill told SportMail: “We had a lot of half chances and I had a few half decent chances myself, which I should have done better with.
“On another day, they might have gone in.
“To be honest I was just pleased to be playing after what has been a week from hell after going off against Southend with the eye injury.
“I hadn’t been able to train all week and had to go and see the specialist on Friday at the eye infirmary.
“They said ‘look you can play but it will be at your own risk’.
“But with the fans that were coming down I wanted to play and there was no doubt in my mind I was going to be starting.”
Victory for York saw them open up a nine-point gap to
safety and with just four games left to play, they are almost over the line.
Pools, however, are still right in amongst it at the foot of the table.
Just a point separates them from second-bottom Tranmere Rovers, who lost again on Saturday, while Cheltenham Town continue to prop up the table.
Hugill said the players were all left disappointed with the result, especially considering more than 2,000 away fans had travelled down.
“We are all disappointed, especially with us playing in front of 2,000 fans,” added the 22-year-old.
“It was a tough day and a disappointing one and all we can do is put it down to a hard day at the office.
“The red card probably helped them a bit because you get all 10 men behind the ball and defend like they did.
“They did that really well, to be fair, but it made it hard for us and we couldn’t break them down.”