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Aldershot skipper left frustrated - and says Niko Muir 'didn't mean' his Hartlepool goal

Jake Cole has delivered his verdict on the draw
Jake Cole has delivered his verdict on the draw

Aldershot captain Jake Cole was left frustrated that his side were unable to take maximum points from their trip to Hartlepool.

The Shots had fallen behind to Niko Muir's first half effort, but levelled through Matt McClure after the interval before peppering the Pools goal in the search of a winner.

Indeed, Aldershot thought they had claimed a late winner when Luke Howell's overhead kick bounced down on the line after hitting the bar - Cole claiming that his teammates felt it was in.

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And the stopper has admitted that his side were disappointed not to claim maximum points from the National League clash.

"The one of the bar, we've heard off the boys it was behind the line," he said, speaking to Aldershot's official website.

"But overall, it's a good performance and we're pleased with that.

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"We could have took the win and the boys were saying the performance was good and we can move on now.

"It's a point away from home and it could have been more."

Muir, who recovered from a knock in midweek to feature at the Super 6 Stadium, opened the scoring with an effort which the home faithful felt was a well-taken effort.

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But Cole feels that the Pools frontman didn't mean to find the back of the net and actually meant to cross the ball.

"No, not at all," said the keeper, when asked if Muir meant the effort.

"I was set for a shot and he side-footed it for a cross to the back stick.

"It was frustrating because it was a cross, if anything, and it's just lobbed straight over in the back stick."