Yes, if we want to go up we have to beat teams like Hartlepool, yes we gave away a daft late goal and yes to every other bitch and complaint that will certainly be posted on here tonight.
The truth is we played a team who performed way above themselves and their league position, who could have been 2 goals ahead at the interval and played some decent football.
We defended very poorly for the entire first half with Howard winning everything and causing us to have kittens every time the ball went near him.
The offside trap failed nearly every time and bit for 2 poor misses and 2 great saves from Moore we could have been dead and buried.
Rosler put Dean out of his misery at the interval and Legge coped far better with Howard thus cutting off their main out ball .
There were a couple of close calls but it was a real surprise when Craig headed a last minute corner into his own goal. Did he misjudge his jump? Was he pushed, Did the ball just hit him? I couldn't see from where I was sitting.
This was the second own goal we had gifted them but Dean was unlucky as a low cross hit him and spun over Moore.
Hayes scored 2 goals and finally broke his duck with a close range finish and an excellent header from a loopy Donaldson cross.
We played lovely possession football coming out from the back and I really think this is the right way for us to play.
We were looking for an opening and had the patience to keep possession in the meantime.
Forshaw and Logan and to a lesser extent Bidwell and Forrester combined well but the final ball was not there.
In truth we didn't create nearly enough but we cut them apart twice in the last few minutes but Donaldson was unable to finish.
THe problems today were
1. we defended like tarts
2. We didn't really hurt them enough in dangerous areas
3. We didn't see the game out properly
4. Hartlepool were really no mugs and played very decently and defended well in numbers
5. Hartlepool also knew when to break the game up and concede a free kick that ended our impetus and speedy break
Not the best day at the office and like everyone else I thought we had done enough to cling onto a win but in truth we did not really do quite enough to win.
Positives were hayes scoring twice and contributing a bot more in open play although his partnership with Clayton doesn't scream goals to me i am afraid.
The fact that the players are not afraid to hold the ball and retain possession and then try out a range of short sharp passes.
The midfield four looked positive and confident.
Disappointed but not too upset.