Stevenage draw felt like defeat - Mick Wadsworth

Adam Boyd plays a wonderful ball upfield. Picture by FRANK REID
Adam Boyd plays a wonderful ball upfield. Picture by FRANK REID

MICK Wadsworth blasted the defensive errors which saw his side squander a two-goal lead at Stevenage and admitted the draw had felt like a defeat.

Pools were leading thanks to first-half strikes from Peter Hartley and Adam Boyd when Evan Horwood dithered in the penalty area allowing Byron Harrison to pull one back on 69 minutes.

And with just two minutes remaining the visitors were undone from a corner kick when Scott Laird ghosted in unmarked to nod a demoralising equaliser.

The draw was Pools’ fourth on the spin in League One and leaves them in 16th position.

And Wadsworth had some harsh words for his team when he spoke to SportMail today.

“It feels like a defeat, absolutely,” he said, “We’ve blown it, we’ve thrown it away.

“But the first goal changed it. The defender (Horwood) has to deal with the ball and clear it in that area – we don’t ignore it, we work on it and work on it.

“Sometimes the penny doesn’t drop and it hasn’t.

“When I was nine years old I was told to boot it away and put my foot through it. If there’s danger, boot it away, simple.

“Once the first goal went in the momentum shifted enormously because at two goals in front I didn’t feel too much danger.

“We held the line defensively well, they weren’t getting through or in behind us and we looked in control.

“In free play we dealt with them well, apart from them wanting a touch in the most stupid area imaginable.

“Then the second goal is a set-play, which was disappointing.”

Wadsworth also revealed that skipper Sam Collins tore into his colleagues in the changing room after the full-time whistle.

“Our captain had some choice words for his team-mates at the end of the game and I agree with him,” he said.

“But all of the players are angry. We were naïve in the extreme from the point they scored the first and this feels like a defeat for everyone.”

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