Hartlepool United boss Mick Wadsworth hails team’s performance against Preston North End as ‘an improvement’

James Poole is brought crashing to the ground. Picture by FRANK REID
James Poole is brought crashing to the ground. Picture by FRANK REID

MICK Wadsworth believes Hartlepool United’s performance was “much improved”, despite slipping to a seventh consecutive home defeat against Preston North End.

The hosts were denied what appeared a blatant penalty just moments before the Lilywhites broke and Neil Mellor smashed the game’s only goal on 21 minutes.

Pools responded and James Poole went close to drawing the hosts level on at least three occasions.

And Wadsworth was cheered by the efforts of his men.

“I thought we were a lot better than we have been and it was a much-improved performance in terms of our home form,” said the Pools boss.

“But we conceded a very poor goal, again – it was a gift to them in terms of the momentum of the game and that side of things is alarming.

“We’re not staying in games and again, it’s proved our undoing.

“But I thought we had a real good go in the second half without much dropping for us.”

Read more of Wadsworth’s comments, plus Craig Hope’s match report, in today’s Sportmail.