We must put things right, insists Hartlepool United’s Billy Paynter

Billy Paynter in action against Bristol Rovers.
Billy Paynter in action against Bristol Rovers.

Billy Paynter says he does not blame Hartlepool United fans for giving his side the bird in Tuesday night’s defeat to Bristol Rovers.

For the first time this season, boos rang out at Victoria Park, as Pools subsided to a 3-0 defeat.

Last Saturday (at Yeovil), we worked for the win, but on Tuesday, we were flat, we never got going.

Paynter says must now ‘turn up’ on Saturday against Luton Town and give a display for not just themselves, but for the supporters and give them something to cheer about.

“The fans let us know they weren’t happy,” said the captain.

“If we’d been beaten, but we’d worked hard and given everything in the game, I’m sure the fans wouldn’t boo.

“But I don’t think we gave everything, which was frustrating, we let Bristol Rovers get on the front foot and then dictate the play.

“We had a couple of chances but, on the whole, we were not good enough.

“Last Saturday (at Yeovil), we worked for the win, but on Tuesday, we were flat, we never got going.

“There needs to be a reaction, we need to turn up.”

After a difficult start to the season, Luton have found their form, winning four of their last five matches, scoring 11 times in the process.

“Luton are a very good team, it will be a tough game,” said Paynter.

“If we don’t turn up, it could be a cricket score.”