Bullock's beauty

HARTLEPOOL United midfielder Lee Bullock revealed he was delighted to get his first goal for the club before dedicating the strike to the fans who made the 700-mile round journey to see it.

Bullock made his debut for Pools on Saturday in the 2-0 defeat against Bradford City, but came to life on the South Coast last night with a goal from the top drawer.

The summer capture from Cardiff City also put in a gut-busting performance in the middle and is already looking forward to taking on Doncaster Rovers this Saturday.

He told Sport Mail: “It was good to get off the mark, it was only my second game and it was important to get a result because some of the lads were feeling the pressure.

“It just dropped to me on the edge of the box, so I took a touch and just hit it, I was pleased with it but it’s a shame we couldn’t hold on for the win.

“The goal was for the fans who made that journey down to Bournemouth.

“I can understand why they were frustrated after Saturday and they have every right to feel that way, but the players felt the same, we took it on the chin and will be trying to put it right in the next few games.”

Bullock also singled out keeper Dimi Konstantopoulos who made two crucial saves to keep Bournemouth at bay.

He added: “Dimi made two great saves, as well as take loads of crosses as well.

“It was tough against Bournemouth, who are a decent team at home and hard to beat.

“You have to expect being under pressure away from home and we soaked a lot of it up.

“We did it well for 89 and half minutes, but were caught out for their goal.”

Bullock says he is already getting to grips with League One after two games and is already rolling his sleeves up to take on Rovers, who could only draw 1-1 at home to MK Dons last night.

He added: “In the first three games we will have played teams that will be up there at the end of the season.

“I have been able to assess what the league is about a little now, and once we settle down the results will come.”