Hartlepool United manager Dave Challinor confirms injuries to Rhys Oates and Jamie Sterry following 1-1 draw at Stockport County

Hartlepool United continued their push for promotion with a 1-1 draw at Stockport County but have been dealt a slight injury blow.

Saturday, 27th March 2021, 6:23 pm

Pools took the lead at Edgeley Park through Gavan Holohan before Paddy Madden equalised for the hosts late on.

Moments before Madden made it 1-1, Hartlepool defender Jamie Sterry was forced off with a suspected hamstring problem, which was confirmed by manager Dave Challinor at full-time.

Rhys Oates also failed to make the matchday squad after picking up an injury during training on Friday.

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Jamie Sterry of Hartlepool United (Credit: Mark Fletcher | MI News)
Jamie Sterry of Hartlepool United (Credit: Mark Fletcher | MI News)

After Saturday’s match, Challinor said: “[Oates] picked up a [groin] injury on Friday which isn't ideal. Oatesy would have played and pulled out of training which gives an opportunity for somebody else.

"It’s disappointing but you crack on and have to deal with it. [Luke Molyneux] played in a slightly different role and wasn’t as effective as he would have liked to be but still part of a solid team performance.

"[Sterry’s] hamstring tightened up, it’s not gone by any stretch. These injuries are fatigue strains because of what the players have put up with over the last seven weeks.

"As disappointing as they are, they’re not the end of the world and we’re talking days rather than weeks or months.

"Oatesy is probably seven to 10 days and I imagine Jamie potentially is as well.”

On the match itself, Challinor added: “You have to be pleased with a point away to Stockport given the strength of their squad. It's tinged with disappointment after taking the lead and conceding in the manner in which we did.

"We made them change and resort to going back to front. It's disappointing to get done by a throw-in which is then flicked on and a comfortable finish for a striker who has been brought in with big expectations.

"It wasn't a game of loads of opportunities because both teams sort of cancelled each other out. We got the goal which was a great goal which came as a result of [Lewis] Cass stepping forward which we spoke about and Gav getting himself in the box.

“It's another game unbeaten and we carry that on and recharge through the week before a difficult Bank Holiday weekend.”

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