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Wadsworth happy with point: Match Review

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Hartlepool boss Mick Wadsworth admitted a draw was a fair result after his side were pegged back 1-1 by Notts County.

Gary Liddle fired Pools ahead in the first half but substitute Lee Hughes salvaged a point for the visitors in the 69th minute.

Hartlepool could have won it at the death but Andy Monkhouse was denied by Stuart Nelson.

But Wadsworth said: "No complaints, a draw was fair.

"We did okay first-half and were the better team and got a good goal. Then they got on top in the second-half, they went a bit direct to be honest and we have struggled to cope with that at times.

"Then at the end, there was half a chance we would win it. Andy Monkhouse had a good shot which was well saved, but I was pleased in the way we didn't buckle in the second period when in the past we may have done so.

"But Lee Hughes is terrific in and around the box, we knew if we lost concentration for a second he could get there.

"The cross came in a bit too easy and he was there to tap in, he is bright and a danger.

"We haven't really hit our stride yet this year, we have done so in patches, but not for 90 minutes.

"We need to get back to where we were when we won five in a row - we are 10, 12, 15% below par throughout the team, but that will come. There's a rest this weekend. All get a couple of days off to come."

County assistant boss Alex Rae was happy with his side's second-half display.

"The first half was a bit flat, second was far better," he said

"We were very disappointed how we played in the first half, we never passed it.

"Second half was better and we got level with a well-worked goal. Hughes had three early chances and it set the tone.

"The Hartlepool goal seemed offside, it was poor defending from our point of view and we didn't get to grips with the game, we huffed and puffed with little zest.

"We tried to play offside for their goal and it didn't work. We had to come back and do it the hard way and with endeavour and effort we did.

County could have an injury worry for the FA Cup clash with Manchester City on Saturday after Krystian Pearce took a whack to the head.

"Krystian Pearce had to come off, his vision was impaired after a blow to the head and we had to regroup. We hope he's okay for the weekend," added Rae.

"We are trying to get one or two new bodies in to help us out and we are starting to get thin on the ground. Transfers are ongoing, it's not simple, but we keep trying and working at it."

Mick Wadsworth, Hartlepool coach

"No complaints, a draw was fair. We did OK first-half and were the better team and got a good goal. Then they got on top in the second-half, they went a bit direct to be honest and we have struggled to cope with that at times.

"Then at the end, there was half a chance we would win it. Andy Monkhouse had a good shot which was well saved, but I was pleased in the way we didn't buckle in the second period when in the past we may have done so.

"But Lee Hughes is terrific in and around the box, we knew if we lost concentration for a second he could get there - it's like driving your car, lose concentration and you hit a lamp post.

"The cross came in a bit too easy and he was there to tap in, he is bright and a danger.

"We haven't really hit our stride yet this year, we have done so in patches, but not for 90 minutes.

"We need to get back to where we were when we won five in a row - we are ten, 12, 15 per cent below par throughout the team, but that will come. There's a rest this weekend. All get a couple of days off to come."

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Stuart Nelson
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Krystian Pearce
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