Hartlepool United assistant manager Curtis Fleming said he was pleased with Pools’ performance in their 1-1 draw with Seaham Red Star.
Fleming was keen to stress that the game was all about fitness rather than the result and was also non-committal on the future of trialist Scott Harrison, who netted the visitors equaliser.
It wasn’t really about the result, it was about getting the lads’ fitness upCURTIS FLEMING
After falling behind, Fleming saw his side level late on as centre-back Harrison fired home from inside the area.
And Craig Hignett’s number two insists he was happy with the performance, although there are some areas of improvement to be worked on. Fleming said: “My general thoughts are quite good really.
“Tonight wasn’t really about the result, it was about getting the lads’ fitness up. We had two split teams tonight playing 90 minutes as the season is coming up thick and fast and it’s important they get those minutes.
“I thought we looked quite strong in the game.
“Seaham scored a really good goal and it probably took us 15 or 20 minutes to get into the game.
“But after that I felt we controlled it and the only thing that let us down was that final pass and making the correct decision.”
Harrison, who has been challenged by Hignett to earn a new deal at Victoria Park, put in a strong performance at centre back against the Northern League Division One outfit.
“That’s what Scott’s got to do,” said Fleming.
“But it’s very hard to be a professional footballer now – there’s only 92 league clubs and there’s lots of players floating around looking for clubs.
“There has to be that bit of hunger and he’s done himself no harm tonight.”
Fleming also praised the contributions of summer signing Nicky Deverdics and fellow midfielder Josh Laurent, and is happy with the competition for places in the squad.
“That’s what we want,” he added. “We said to the players that it’s not down to us now. Eleven want to play against Colchester, and those who walk out will be there on merit.”
“There won’t be any favours.”