Craig Hignett today described the “horrible feeling” of seeing his brave Hartlepool United go out of the EFL Cup.
Pools went down to a dramatic Eoin Doyle’s last-gasp Preston North End winner in the fourth-minute of stoppage time at Deepdale last night.
With extra-time looming, Hignett’s side had actually been trying to break the deadlock at the other end when Nicky Deverdics sent in a free-kick right at the end of the allotted three minutes of added time.,
But the Championship side broke clear and despite heroic defending, the ball fell to Doyle who found Adam Bartlett’s net.
“It was harsh on us,” said Hignett.
“It’s a horrible feeling and so cruel after the way the lads played all night.
“Extra time was coming – no one wants it I know, but to have played the way we did, we deserved it.
“The goal we conceded was a bit like Saturday, it was very unfortunate.
“We got to the ball first but there was an unkind ricochet which landed at the feet of their lad and he put it in.
“Preston put out a full strength side, but we’ve come away from home against a team two leagues above us and coped with them in thew first half then more than matched them in the second.
“I thought we were excellent. In terms of working for each other rand sticking to a game plan it was different class.