Hartlepool United manager Dave Challinor reacts to Dimi Konstantopoulos' second debut as Greek goalkeeper saves penalty but concedes three late on in 3-2 defeat at Harrogate Town

Dimi Konstantopoulos’ second Hartlepool United debut was going perfectly at Harrogate Town, for about 75-minutes.

Saturday, 14th December 2019, 6:46 pm
Hartlepool United Dave Challinor, December 2019. (Credit: Mark Fletcher | MI News)
Hartlepool United Dave Challinor, December 2019. (Credit: Mark Fletcher | MI News)

The United legend had made a few decent saves as well as saved a penalty kick as the visitors lead 2-0 in the FA Trophy first round at the CNG Stadium.

But after a Peter Kioso own goal looped over him to deny a clean sheet, Konstantopoulos’, as well as Pools’ composure seemed to go out of the window as the Greek goalkeeper spilled two high balls in the box in the final moments of the game to gift Harrogate a place in the second round.

When discussing the goalkeeper’s performance, Hartlepool manager Dave Challinor said: “Dim has been training and we made the decision to start him.

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“There was always going to be a concern around games even though he’s an experienced goalkeeper whose played at a top level.

“Everyone makes mistakes and maybe it’s answered a few questions but I’m not going to point the finger at him because he’s saved a penalty.”

Konstantopoulos has agreed non-contract terms at Pools with the view to a potential permanent deal.

When asked if that was still on the table, Challinor responded: “A lot of it will be down to him and how he’s feeling.

“Gamewise he felt he was in a good condition and able to do a job at this level. I suppose that’s easy to say when you’ve been out of the limelight and not really played any real games over the last three years because it can catch up with you.”