Bates Shows Pools There's Light At The End Of The Tunnel

Caretaker boss Matthew Bates reckons Hartlepool United produced their best performance in four years to move five points clear of the National League relegation zone.

Pools are now four games unbeaten after their 2-1 success against FA Trophy finalists Bromley on Tuesday night.

They conceded just before half-time but showed plenty of character after the break with Michael Woods securing a second win in succession.

Hartlepool may not be out of the woods just yet but performances and results under Bates have given the Pools faithful plenty of hope.

The boss told the club’s website: “Since I have come in they have given me everything and they did again tonight. I thought the first half performance wasn’t only the best this season but possibly the best since I’ve been at the club.

“The lads were magnificent and got done with a sucker-punch right at the end of the first half and the message then was to make sure we didn’t let it affect us.

“I just tried to concentrate on the positives because it was a very positive first half. We weren’t as good in the second half but it was still up there.

“I think that’s put us one point behind Maidstone so we’ll be going there (on Friday) full of confidence. I’ve set the lads a task to see how long we can stay unbeaten for and we want that to continue.”

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