Hartlepool Utd 0 Portsmouth 2: Pools boss Hignett rues missed chances

Pools boss Craig Hignett
Pools boss Craig Hignett

Craig Hignett was disappointed that his Hartlepool United side failed to convert any one of their numerous chances during the 2-0 defeat to Portsmouth.

Second half goals from former Pools player Kal Naismith and Conor Chaplin gave Pompey the win at The Vic, with the visitors now set to play Plymouth Argyle in the League Two play-off semi-finals.

For Pools it was a third successive defeat against teams fighting for promotion and a losing end to their home campaign which was watched by ex boss Ronnie Moore.

Had Billy Paynter, Rhys Oates and Luke James all managed to score when presented with golden opportunities, however, things would have been different.

“We created lots of chances, but didn’t put any away. Seven of them second half, three certain goals,” Hignett bemoaned afterwards.

“That’s the difference in this league, the final ball. The final ball, Portsmouth cross and pick men out and finish – we didn’t.

“They had four chances and scored two, whereas we had seven and put none away. That’s disappointing.

“I know what’s missing. We have caused problems and can match any team. I’s up to me to find that missing bit.

“If you score goals you will be up there in the league. It’s alright playing the football and passing the ball, but we need an end produce.

“We should not have lost this, maybe one-nil is our own fault, but did two flatter them?

“We lost again, that’s three now and I’m saying the same thing week after week.”