Hartlepool United manager Dave Challinor discusses 'strange' Yeovil Town crowd behaviour following 2-2 draw at Huish Park

Dave Challinor admits he would have loved to celebrate a winning goal in front of the Yeovil Town supporters at Huish Park on Saturday.

Monday, 20th January 2020, 6:00 am
Updated Monday, 20th January 2020, 9:18 am
Hartlepool United manager Dave Challinor after the final whistle during the FA Cup third round match at the Kassam Stadium, Oxford. PA Photo. Picture date: Saturday January 4, 2020. Photo: Darren Staples/PA Wire.
Hartlepool United manager Dave Challinor after the final whistle during the FA Cup third round match at the Kassam Stadium, Oxford. PA Photo. Picture date: Saturday January 4, 2020. Photo: Darren Staples/PA Wire.

The Pools boss had to settle for a point against the 10-man Glovers as headers from Peter Kioso and Gus Mafuta saw the visitors twice come from behind.

Challinor also had to contend with a restless Yeovil crowd throughout the match.

“It’s strange sometimes,” he admitted.

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“Most of the stuff is kindhearted banter but sometimes it goes a little bit beyond and the natives get a little bit restless and all of a sudden expect us to rock up and when we’ve gone 2-1 down, we’ll roll over.

“They’ll vent their frustrations with referees or managers because we’re stood close to them. It is what it is and if you can’t hack it then don’t be involved in it.

“I’m pretty happy but I would have loved to have celebrated in front of them if we got a third goal and I’m sure they would have gone absolutely ballistic!

“Football, whether it’s right or wrong, it can do that to you and sometimes it does drive you nuts. They’re busy shouting that I’m going to have a heart attack then in 10-minutes they’re the ones with the eyes bulging out of their heads looking like they’re going to have a heart attack.

“It’s all forgotten about now, we’ve got a point, we would have liked all three as I’m sure Yeovil and their fans would have but it’s just those things that happen in football matches.”