Craig Harrison has high praise for Hartlepool United fans and Scott Loach as he reacts to Boreham Wood draw

Harrison during the 0-0 draw with Boreham Wood
Harrison during the 0-0 draw with Boreham Wood

Hartlepool United boss Craig Harrison had high praise for his goalkeeper and the travelling support after the 0-0 draw with Boreham Wood.

The visitors were fortunate to escape with a point after Bruno Andrade missed a raft of opportunities to score, including a penalty early in the second half.

Harrison was left disappointed by the failure to land three points but admitted his side were indebted to their goalkeeper once again.

He said: " I’m not happy, that’s the minimum I would have wanted coming into the game, we got the clean sheet that we wanted. I want to win every football game, players want to win every football, so we’re disappointed we didn’t win. I’m adamant, though, that every point will count when it comes down to it.

"At the end there, we tried to win it, theoretically we’ve got four centre-forwards on the pitch at once, went 4-4-2 to try and win because I thought it was there for us. We got in good positions but didn’t take advantage of it.

"Scott has proved himself tenfold up until now, but you look at it and all the best teams, all the most successful teams, have a good goalkeeper. Going back to my era, how many points did Peter Schmeichel win Manchester United when they were so dominant? Once David Seaman left Arsenal it took them years, there was a big gap, they didn’t win anything.

"On and off the pitch he’s fantastic, a leader on it by example and off it the way he is with everyone. He’s been absolutely fantastic."

Harrison also paid tribute to the travelling support, who made up more than a third of the 773 attendance.

He said: "We’ve got to make sure they get as many pats on the back and as much praise as they deserve because as much as we give it now they still deserve more. Travelling down to Torquay, Morecambe, here, it is absolutely unbelievable. When it comes down to the end of the season they will have won us 10-15 points through how supportive and loyal they are."