Pools boys back on track - Wads

WE'RE back on track - that was the message from Hartlepool United boss Mick Wadsworth after last night's draw at Bristol Rovers halted a run of three straight defeats.

But Wadsworth admitted his side's dominant display deserved more than just a point.

The visitors spent the majority of the West Country stalemate camped in opposition territory but failed to apply the telling touch to a catalogue of openings.

And, given that superiority, you couldn't help detect an air of disappointment in Wadsworth's tone when he spoke to SportMail after the game.

"If I had any critical points to make it would be the last pass - we didn't work the keeper," he reflected.

"But I don't want to take anything away from the players because it was a super performance – a performance worthy of a win.

"Even though we drew I was as happy with that as I have been with a lot of our away wins.

"I thought we dominated the game for 80 to 90 per cent of play.

"I never felt in danger but we just couldn't find that moment to get the goal which we deserved.

"But it's pleasing to stop that run of defeats for sure.

"I've always been a performance coach – the performance comes first and with that results will come.

"After what has happened during the last couple of games I thought that was a really good response in a game away from home and that should get us back on track.

"I've said to the players I think we're ok now. Were we getting the collywobbles? Was our good run done for the season? Those questions cross everyone's mind.

"But I thought we did very well on our interplay and getting players into good positions and our attacking play was excellent throughout the game.

"We've had a squeaky time the last three games and it was great to look solid and never really be in danger – for a coach that's a nice feeling to have and I feel good about our situation after this."

Read the full story and match report in Wednesday's Mail ...