Pools boss satisfied but frustrated with Exeter stalemate

Antony Sweeney ses his late one on one saved. Picture by FRANK REID
Antony Sweeney ses his late one on one saved. Picture by FRANK REID
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NEALE Cooper was “satisfied” with a point during the weekend stalemate at Exeter City – but admits to being “frustrated” by the quality of his side’s play, writes CRAIG HOPE.

A dour first half was bettered slightly after the break but both teams were sadly lacking in the final third of the pitch and chances were at a premium throughout.

Antony Sweeney fashioned the best for the visitors when he wriggled free of Troy Archibald-Henville 15 minutes from time but goalkeeper Artur Krusiak smothered at the midfielder’s feet.

It was Archibald-Henville who spurned two gilt-edged openings for the hosts, heading wide in the first half before nodding straight at Scott Flinders with just two minutes remaining.

But Cooper was heartened by the fighting spirit of his men as they made it back-to-back clean sheets for the first time this season.

“Overall I’m satisfied,” said the Pools chief, “But it was more frustrating than anything.

“We need more quality on the ball and we gave it away too easy at times.

“We created a few chances, and when you come to an away game you have to take them.

“Sweens was through in the second half and the keeper saved but they had a few chances too.

“Generally we needed more quality in the build up to the play.’’