‘We deserved at least a point’ – Sutton United manager Matt Gray frustrated with 1-0 defeat at Hartlepool United

Sutton United manager Matt Gray felt his side deserved something from the game following Saturday’s 1-0 defeat at Hartlepool United.

Sunday, 31st January 2021, 12:30 pm

The top of the table clash at Victoria Park saw Pools come away with three points and go second thanks to a second half header from Rhys Oates, a goal Gray felt came somewhat against the run of play.

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“It was frustrating, I was really disappointed that we didn’t get something out of the game, we deserved at least a point,” he told SUTV afterwards.

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Sutton United manager Matt Gray. Picture by FRANK REID

“We had a golden chance to take the lead at one end which we don’t take and they hit us on the counter attack a little bit which we manage to deal with but they score from the resulting corner which is not like us because we’ve got really good success from defending set-pieces this season.

“The pitch was difficult, it was wet and bobbly and we couldn’t get hold of [the ball] at times.

The first goal is massive and I thought we had a couple of chances to score the first goal at the start of the second half. They managed to take it."

There was a moment late on where Gray thought his side had equalised as captain Harry Beautyman headed just past the right hand post from close range.

The Sutton manager’s celebrations were heard around the empty Vic before he realised.

He added: “We had a few chances, Harry got in with a header which I even celebrated which I thought was in. It just wouldn’t fall for us and we couldn’t get the point or three that we deserved.”

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