Hartlepool's Craig Harrison not content with Macclesfield draw

Ryan Donaldson, the creator of Pools opening goal in the National League
Ryan Donaldson, the creator of Pools opening goal in the National League

Hartlepool boss Craig Harrison could not hide his disappointment after his side drew 1-1 with Macclesfield at Moss Rose.

But seeing the bigger picture, he thinks that this point will look better with age.

On his first start Jake Cassidy netted a 58th minute equaliser to cancel out Danny Whitaker's opener for the Silkmen in the first-half.

And despite feeling like his side should have travelled back north with all three points, he thinks with time to reflect, this will feel like one point gained and not two lost.

"Of course, I am not happy with a point because I want to make sure I win every game," he said.

"But looking at the bigger picture, to come away with a point from Macclesfield, who have finished in the top eight for the last four years, is not a bad thing.

"When we look back at our points tally at the end of the season, I am sure we will be pleased with the one we picked up last night."

While Pools performance was far from vintage it was a massive improvement on Saturday's loss to Dover at the Vic.

The visitors looked sharper in the tackle, quicker to close down and generally smarter in the final third, creating chances at will as the game went on, when even a shot was hard to come by last time out.

Harrison continued: "We had a reaction from the opening day.

"We lost the first day and the players responded well, especially to going behind.

"God knows what we will be like if we come in at half-time level instead of a goal down like the last two games.

"The lads were exceptional. They really, really dug in out there. I am pleased for them."