CHARLIE Wyke admits that Hartlepool United were “battered” at times during the 1-0 defeat at MK Dons.
The 19-year-old striker cut a frustrated figure during the opening half as Pools struggled for any possession, the hosts laying siege to Scott Flinders’ goal.
Somehow, Pools remained in the game entering half-time with just Ryan Lowe’s 16th-minute volley separating the sides.
There was an improvement after the break and Wyke came closest to salvaging a draw with a stinging volley kept out by David Martin.
But the Middlesbrough loanee conceded the first-half scoreline could have been far worse.
“First half we were a bit poor and didn’t really get enough of the ball,” he told SportMail.
“It was pretty frustrating, we tried to play but we couldn’t really get going.
“They battered us.
“They had lots of chances and we were lucky to still be in the game at half-time.”
But an interval reshuffle brought about the second-half upturn, although Wyke’s opening was their only real sight at goal.
“I had a chance in the second half to score,” he reflected, “It came to me quick and I think I caught to too sweet.
“I went for the bottom corner but the keeper got something on it and it was disappointing not to take it.”
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