MICK Wadsworth was proud of his Hartlepool United side for “refusing to buckle” in the wake of Sam Collins’ red card during the 2-0 defeat at Southampton.
Pools had contained their promotion-chasing hosts until four minutes after the break when Collins tangled with Rickie Lambert inside the area and was given his marching orders.
Lambert tucked home the penalty kick and then turned provider for Jose Fonte to seal the points 10 minutes from the end.
Until the opener Pools had withstood some heavy periods of Saints pressure and even carved out a handful of chances at the other end.
And Wadsworth had no complaints with the application of his men despite the disappointing outcome.
“They didn’t deserve that,” he told SportMail.
“We set up to work against an expected onslaught and I thought we did that very well.
“I felt the sending-off was ridiculous and of course that changed the game.
“At one-down with 10 men you then think ‘oh dear’.
“But we dug in, refused to buckle and I’m very proud of them.
“We have got stronger and stronger this season and got more belief in each other than what we had earlier in the season.
“We could have buckled in the past, but we have grown stronger.
“This game highlighted the weaknesses in the squad and where we have a lot of strength.”
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