Pools boss John Hughes frustrated by Yeovil Town draw

Andy Monkhouse in action against Yeovil .Picture by FRANK REID
Andy Monkhouse in action against Yeovil .Picture by FRANK REID

JOHN Hughes felt his Hartlepool United side failed to seize the initiative during the goalless draw with Yeovil Town.

For the second time in five days Pools were held to a home stalemate as they struggled to create in the final third.

Substitute Antony Sweeney did break clear on goal late on but his shot was saved, and that was as close as the hosts came to breaking the deadlock.

And, with all of Pools’ relegation rivals losing, Hughes was left to rue a missed opportunity.

“I wanted three points regardless of what happens elsewhere,” the Scot told SportMail.

“But there’s a frustration we didn’t get the win because everyone else got beat.

“We were just a wee bit flat in terms of making it happen.

“We can’t sit back and hope it happens, we need to go and make it happen.

“Saying that we had the best chance of the match when Sweeney went through.

“But there were periods of the game when we were flat and periods when we were at it.

“It was played in really difficult conditions but we passed it well at times.

“The positives are a clean sheet, we’re still in there fighting for our lives and the effort and commitment was there but we’re fully aware that we need wins.”

Pools, though, did close the gap on safety to six points heading in to tomorrow’s crunch clash at Oldham Athletic.

But Hughes admits there was a concern that his side might have lost the match in the second half.

“I was concerned that when we went to 4-4-2 we left ourselves a little bit exposed,” he went on.

“We were slow out of the blocks but I’m beginning to realise that we’re poor starters.

“But then we got going and had a few corners and a few shots blocked around their box.

“Then going into the second half it took us 20 minutes to get started again.

“I changed it but it didn’t quite come off for us.

“We had a couple of chances but it just didn’t go for us.

“They were disappointed afterwards which tells me there is a spirit amongst them.

“But it’s hard to maintain the levels they’ve been giving me.

“They have to pick themselves up and go again tomorrow now.”