Hartlepool boss Craig Harrison reacts to Maidenhead defeat

Craig Harrison
Craig Harrison

Craig Harrison is angry that his players again gave the opposition a head start.

For the third game in succession Hartlepool fell behind, as Dave Tarpey netted twice before a late Padraig Amond penalty saw Pools put up a fight late on.

And having again failed to secure their maiden National League win, Harrison admits that he is far from happy with his players Maidenghead performance.

"It’s a worry that we have fell behind 30 minutes into each game so far," he said.

"It shouldn’t’ happen. In three games we have been a goal behind and had to look at it at half-time and try and get back into it.

"We have to work on it – we have a solid foundation, a base to work. We pushed when it was 2-0 late on, but by then it’s late. Push like that when it’s 0-0 and we go and win the game.

"It doesn’t matter who we are playing against we cannot give any opposition a start."

Harrison says he is not shocked by the physical, direct style of play seen at this level.

Despite results, he says his squad were fully prepared for what lay in wait in the fifth tier.

"We know what the division is all about," he said.

"We knew the standard, the coaches know, the players know it – we have enough players in there who know what it’s like.

"The standard is one long ball from box to box which we haven’t defended and next thing we know it’s in the back of the net. It’s standard football isn’t it."