Hartlepool United midfielder discusses 2-2 draw at Ebbsfleet United and missing a golden opportunity to seal his hat-trick

It looked set to be a perfect afternoon for Gavan Holohan and Hartlepool United on Saturday as his brace had the side 2-0 up and cruising against 10-man Ebbsfleet.

Sunday, 17th November 2019, 7:00 am
Updated Sunday, 17th November 2019, 1:55 pm

But for the second time in three league matches, Pools surrendered their well earned lead and were forced to settle for a point as The Fleet fought back to make it 2-2.

“It’s disappointing, it does feel like a loss to be honest having been 2-0 up, cruising against 10 men,” Holohan admitted.

“We were in total control and their goal came from nothing really and their tails were up then and the fans got behind them and they’re putting balls into the box and it just takes one to drop to their player or it can go straight in like it did from the free-kick for the second.

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“We’re disappointed in there because it’s another good performance that we deserved three points from really.

“I’m pleased that I’ve managed to get on the scoresheet again but I’d rather win the game and not get on the scoresheet because there’s no better feeling than what we had on Tuesday night and obviously that’s what we wanted and we were so close to it today bar the last 20-minutes where we collapsed slightly.”

At 2-0, Holohan squandered a great opportunity to grab his and Pools’ third early in the second half as he somehow turned the ball over the crossbar from close range.

“I’m kicking myself obviously because nine times out of 10 I’ll finish that,” he added.

“I just changed my mind at the last second because I was going to smash it and try and get over it but I changed at the last moment and tried to side-foot it into the corner.

“That’s obviously what happens when you change your mind, I should have just stuck to my first instinct.

“I put my hands up and say I definitely should have scored that.

“Obviously, I didn’t score it but we were still in control and should have gone on to win the game.

“We just have to take the positives and move on.”