'We didn’t deserve anything' - Brutally honest verdict from Walsall boss as Hartlepool United ease to win
Dave Challinor was delighted with Hartlepool’s second home win in a row since returning to the EFL, even though he feels there is still room for improvement.
After a slow start against Walsall at Victoria Park, Tyler Burey scored for the second weekend in a row to put Pools in front in the 23rd minute.
The Millwall loan signing’s excellent solo goal got Hartlepool up and running and the Saddlers, except from one header Conor Wilkinson had saved, struggled to get back into it after that.
Hartlepool improved after the restart and extended their lead in the 57th minute when Nicky Featherstone converted from the penalty spot.
That arrived when Gavan Holohan’s drive struck Ash Taylor and it was not totally clear where the ball hit.
Challinor said: “I’m pleased with the second-half performance. First half we were comfortable, we actually made it more difficult than it needed to be. Second half we were terrific. We should have won by more.
“We started the half intense, had a few chances and didn’t take those but deservedly got the second.”
While Hartlepool have won two of their three games since returning to Sky Bet League Two, Walsall have now collected just a point from four matches.
Saddlers boss Matthew Taylor said: “We didn’t deserve anything from the game, we didn’t compete or earn the right to win a game of football.
“We didn’t win enough second balls, we weren’t competitive on the pitch and I’m quite surprised to be brutally honest.
“I can go with mistakes, I can look at those, but what I can’t go with is not competing on a pitch. If you don’t do that you will never achieve anything on the pitch.
“We weren’t able to implement our game style. They were far more aggressive in the way they pressed.
“We needed to make good decisions and we didn’t make enough good decisions, that was all over the pitch.
“I expect them to be disappointed and hurting and I want that feeling to last. I’m devastated we lost because I thought we had an opportunity to get a positive result.”