Dave Challinor calls Hartlepool United players in for Sunday training following ‘shambolic’ display in 3-0 defeat at Woking

Dave Challinor labelled Hartlepool United’s performance at Woking as ‘embarrassing’ as they fell to a 3-0 defeat.

Saturday, 12th December 2020, 6:29 pm

Goals from Matt Jarvis, Jack Cook and Slavi Spasov saw Woking win comfortably in front of 799 fans at the Laithwaite Community Stadium.

The Cards were reduced to 10-men with the score at 3-0 as Max Kretzschmar was shown a straight red card for a foul on Mark Shelton.

And after an encouraging midweek display from Pools, manager Dave Challinor was angered with his side’s performance on Saturday afternoon.

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Dave Challinor at Woking.

“It was embarrassing – we got what we deserved and we were miles too inconsistent,” he admitted.

"It was a massive opportunity to go up to third potentially. We didn't do the basics and didn't win a single individual battle.

“Woking thoroughly deserved to win but I wouldn’t say it’s an afternoon to forget for us because too many things can be brushed under the carpet. I’ll make sure the players don’t forget that because it’s a long way short of what my expectations are.

"You have games where you perform badly, it happens. But you’ve got to do the basics like win headers, win first and second balls and deal with the danger under pressure. We were second best all over.

"We knew exactly what we were up against, the way Woking played came as no surprise because we’d been working on stuff. We just didn’t deal with it and couldn’t cope with it.”

Across the park, Pools struggled to cope with Woking’s high-intensity approach to the game as they were reduced to just two shots on target and made needless mistakes at the back. And Challinor called the players in for training on Sunday as a result.

“The defence were shambolic and were bullied all afternoon,” Challinor added.

"The midfield had no impact and at the top end we didn’t get hold of it when we needed too. All over the pitch we were well below average.

“They have to be miles better and they’ll suffer for it, I told them at half time that they’d be in on Sunday to train and look over the goals and just what went wrong.”

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