Hartlepool United caretaker manager Antony Sweeney's 'major disappointment' from 2-2 draw at Notts County

Hartlepool United caretaker manager Antony Sweeney felt his major disappointment from Saturday’s 2-2 draw at Notts County has actually shown how far the side have come.

Monday, 4th November 2019, 6:00 am
Updated Monday, 4th November 2019, 6:00 am
Hartlepool United caretaker manager Tony Sweeney during the Vanarama National League match between Notts County and Hartlepool United at Meadow Lane, Nottingham on Saturday 2nd November 2019. (Credit: Jon Hobley | MI News)

Pools were good value for their two goal lead thanks to Gavan Holohan and Luke James at Meadow Lane before a Wes Thomas brace saw the hosts snatch a point.

But it was a failure to capitalise entirely ruthlessly that stood out as a key disappointment for Sweeney.

“The major disappointment is that we’ve worked a lot on that counter attacking play where it’s three v two waves in your overloads so driving towards the box and slipping someone in to finish is something we’ve done a lot of work on,” he said.

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“If we had executed that properly when we had the chance then it would have been 3-0 and we go on to win the game comfortably.

“But I’m nitpicking there, that’s a minor issue on the whole which just shows how far we’ve come that we’re hanging our hat on that a little bit.

“I’m disappointed with the goals we’ve conceded because they were avoidable but we’ve had a little bit of luck along the way at times as well so maybe that deserted us a little bit 30 seconds before half-time.

“It was a bit of a rash decision from Ben coming out but he's done that a couple of times and got the ball well so we can’t have it both ways.

“We want him to be a sweeper keeper so we’ll have to take that.”