Determination won it for Hartlepool United as Pools inflict first defeat on leaders Dagenham

Jonathan Franks scores his sublime winner. Picture by TOM BANKS
Jonathan Franks scores his sublime winner. Picture by TOM BANKS

Craig Harrison highlighted the "determination, togetherness and desire" as the difference as Hartlepool United after they made it three wins in a row in the National League with a 1-0 victory over leaders Dagenham & Redbridge.

Pools had eked out a 1-0 backs-to-the-wall victory at Guiseley before turning it on last week against Maidstone United.

However, this was the pick of the bunch as the Londoners had their unbeaten run ended by Jonathan Franks's third goal in three games.

His beautiful 75th-minute winner came after the Daggers had enjoyed the better of the game and the chances.

Franks took the headlines, but the win was built on a tremendous performance from Scott Loach, who made a string of outstanding saves from Morgan Ferrier, Fejiri Okenabirhe and Kevin Lokko.

Defenders Keith Watson and Michael Ledger also made some great blocks late in the second half.

“It wasn’t a classic by any stretch of the imagination in terms of our play on the ball and creativity," said Harrison.

“But talking about grit, determination, togetherness, desire, will to win and putting bodies on the line this was up there in those terms.

"Three games in a row now we have outfought the opposition.

“Last week we got a goal up, two up then three up and played some really good stuff.

"But this was about getting a result another win on the bounce.

"When was the last time Hartlepool United got three wins on a bounce?

“The players have been fantastic, all the players, not just those who played, but everyone in the squad, everyone has been working hard in training, putting the pressure on the lads in the team, and the attitude's been brilliant."

To answer the question posed by Harrison in his media conference, it was the first time Pools have strung three winsd in a row since April 2016.

"Winning is not just about being a technically-good footballer, seeing a psss or doing a trick," said the ex-TNS boss.

"It's about desire, how hard you work, putting the team befoe yourself, being brave in the tackle."