Craig Harrison reacts to Hartlepool's National League opening day Dover defeat

Craig Harrison
Craig Harrison

Hartlepool United boss Craig Harrison feels his players deserved to get something from their opening day defeat to Dover.

Athletic claimed all three points thanks to a first-half Jamie Allen striker.

And despite being disappointed with his players performance, and in particular the defending on the goal, Harrison feels his players were short-changed with the result.

"It’s a pretty disappointing result. That's an understatement," said the manager in his post-match presser.

"We wanted a good start and at the end of the day we haven't managed to get off to one.

"In the first-half we were very cagey in general as both sides didn’t settle down. The second half was better and we probably deserved something."

On Allen's strike, Harrison admits he was disappointed to see his side lose a goal from a set-piece.

"It’s disappointing to concede from a second phase corner," he said.

"We defended the first ball and we let ourselves down by not being organised, getting out together as a line to clear the second ball.

"We came up in dribs and drabs and the lad, fair play, finished well."

Harrison's men are back in National League action on Tuesday night, when they travel to Macclesfield Town's Moss Rose.

Macclesfield won 1-0 at Wrexham's Racecourse Ground today.