Hartlepool United manager Dave Challinor discusses goal costing mistakes during 2-2 draw against Barrow

Once again, Hartlepool United were punished for their mistakes during Saturday’s 2-2 draw against Barrow at Victoria Park.

Sunday, 29th December 2019, 11:45 am
Dior Angus scores Barrow's second goal during the 2-2 draw against Hartlepool United at Victoria Park (photo: Frank Reid).

After a goalless first half, Pools went behind less than a minute after the restart as Ben Killip parried Lewis Hardcastle’s strike into the top left corner of the goal.

The hosts drew level through Gavan Holohan before they were caught ball watching at the back soon after as Dior Angus was allowed to control the ball and finish unchallenged inside the penalty area.

Ryan Donaldson’s header 14-minutes from time ensured the points were shared as manager Dave Challinor was able to take some solace in the fact that the mistakes didn’t end up completely costing his side the game.

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“It’s a tough one with the mistakes because with the way football is, you don’t need to tell a player they’ve made a mistake because they should know,” he said.

“Mistakes happen but when it’s a goalkeeper or a defender, those mistakes can often prove costly.

“There’s no hiding that the first goal is a goalkeeper error and the second one we’ve allowed their lad far too much time and space. Thankfully we were able to pull them out of trouble slightly by equalising twice at the other end.

“People will make mistakes but you’ve got to be learning and you can’t let it affect the confidence of the players or individuals – the reaction is the most important thing.

“The big positive out of the game is that even though poor mistakes have been made, they haven’t stopped us getting something from the game.”