‘The angriest I’ve been in a long time’ – Hartlepool United manager Dave Challinor concerned with Halifax Town draw

Dave Challinor expressed his concerns following Hartlepool United’s 1-1 draw at Halifax Town on Tuesday evening.

Tuesday, 2nd March 2021, 10:20 pm

It’s now one win in nine on the road for Pools after Kieran Green’s second half header cancelled out Mark Shelton’s 12th minute opener.

Danny Williams was sent off for Halifax in the closing stages but Hartlepool once again failed to make their chances count on the road.

Following the match, Challinor didn’t hide his frustrations.

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Hartlepool manager, Dave Challinor during the Vanarama National League match between Hartlepool United and Barnet at Victoria Park, Hartlepool on Saturday 27th February 2021. (Credit: Mark Fletcher | MI News)

"It's the angriest I've been in a long time,” said the Pools boss.

"I don't know if I'm being harsh, we've probably done enough to win but our final ball and pass was off. Some of the things I've seen worried me, particularly at the start of the second half.

"The lads have set the standards really high over the past few months and I’m really frustrated and angry that we haven’t won the game. That’s largely because of the first 15-minutes of the second half where we didn't get going.

"We should have put the game beyond them, Luke [Armstrong] had a great opportunity denied by a fantastic save and then we get sucker punched by a poor set piece from our perspective.”

Pools were also hit by a double blow with defender Ryan Johnson missing the game due to a groin injury and Jamie Sterry was withdrawn from the match after 70-minutes due to a thigh strain.

Challinor added: "We are a little bit bruised and battered at the moment so all of a sudden our squad has gone from being strong on numbers to a little bit thin in certain areas.”

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