Dave Challinor says Hartlepool United are 'worthy winners' after six-minute comeback to win 3-2 against Harrogate Town

For the second home match running, Dave Challinor masterminded a comeback victory for Hartlepool United as they beat Harrogate Town 3-2.

Saturday, 23rd October 2021, 6:23 pm

Pools trailed 2-0 at half-time following goals from George Thomson and a Neill Byrne own goal.

But a tactical change to 3-5-2 at the break saw Pools turn things around dramatically with David Ferguson, Mark Cullen and Matty Daly finding the net to make it 3-2 by the hour mark.

From that point, Hartlepool were able to see the game out comfortably to continue their unbeaten start to the season at Victoria Park.

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Hartlepool United manager Dave Challinor during the Sky Bet League 2 match between Hartlepool United and Harrogate Town at Victoria Park, Hartlepool on Sunday 24th October 2021. (Credit: Mark Fletcher | MI News)

Following the match, Challinor said: “My blood pressure is a lot better than it was at half-time!

“I still stick to the principle that I don't want to make it a habit but we've got three points. Second half we were very good and worthy winners."

The hosts actually started the game very brightly and Neill Byrne had a goal ruled out for offside as he poked Luke Molyneux’s goal-bound strike in on the line.

“The game could have been over in the first 14-minutes, we've got ourselves in really good situations and should have scored,” he added. “The ball is going in anyway and someone offside pokes the ball in from a yard to deny us the goal.

"Then we find ourselves 2-0 down. The second goal they scored is really disappointing, we switched off and we're 2-0 down from nowhere.

"We have a message in our dressing room which says 'switch off means no days off'. I wasn't in the best of moods at half-time.

“But we changed our shape to try a cautious way back into the game and what you need with that is a bit of momentum.

"We get a goal then another within two minutes and a third soon after riding a crest of a wave.”

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The win takes Pools up to seventh in the table, level on 23 points with Harrogate after 14 games.

Challinor added: “Harrogate have supposedly had a great start to the season while we've had an all right start but now we're level on points with them so maybe our start has been a bit better than we've been given credit for.”

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