‘We created the better chances’ – Stockport County boss Simon Rusk reacts to play-off semi-final defeat to Hartlepool United

Stockport County missed out on the chance to play in the National League promotion final after suffering a 1-0 semi-final defeat to Hartlepool United at Edgeley Park.

Monday, 14th June 2021, 10:18 am

Rhys Oates’ strike from outside the box 14-minutes from time was enough to separate the sides on a sweltering Sunday in the north west.

During the game, Stockport’s Paddy Madden missed a glorious chance to put the hosts into an early lead and former Pools loanee Richie Bennett saw his point blank header saved brilliantly by Brad James late in the day.

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Simon Rusk, manager of Stockport County (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)

“We created the better chances in the game,” Stockport manager Simon Rusk said.

“We’ve had a mistake punished and in a play-off game there’s a terminal element to it.

“We’ve got a great football club in place here, the infrastructure and the ambition is there and we weren’t a million miles away this year. We’ve got to make sure with all those things in place, it drives us on to get over the line next year.”

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