John Hughes not happy with Pools stalemate against Portsmouth

ON THE ATTACK: Jonathan Franks. PIcture by FRANK REID
ON THE ATTACK: Jonathan Franks. PIcture by FRANK REID

JOHN Hughes says the goalless draw with Portsmouth was a “chance missed” - admitting he was “desperate” to move Hartlepool United off the bottom of League One.

Last night’s stalemate keeps Pools rooted to the foot of the third tier, a position in which they have resided since late October.

Victory would have taken them above their visitors but on a largely uninspiring night both teams struggled for sights at goal, Hughes conceding his men lacked a “bit of magic” in the final third.

The point, however, does mean that Pools are now unbeaten in four, although Hughes was still frustrated when he spoke to SportMail today.

“I was desperate to win this to get us off the foot of the table,” said the Scot.

“We’ve missed the chance to do that and it’s frustrating.

“On the flip side it’s unbeaten in four and we’ve kept a clean sheet, so it’s hard to say whether I’m happy or disappointed.

“But I’m probably more disappointed to be honest – if we wanted to get ourselves off the foot of the table then the chance was there for us to do it.

“They know what is at stake and we’re fighting for our lives – we just have to go again for Saturday now.”