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Barron buoyed by Pools response

28 October 2012

Hartlepool's caretaker-boss Micky Barron insisted the two own goals that handed his side a share of the spoils at play-off hopefuls Brentford only told half the story.

Bees centre-backs Harlee Dean and Tony Craig both put through their own net to earn Pools a point in a 2-2 draw at Griffin Park.

The goals - Craig headed past his own goalkeeper after 89 minutes - cancelled out a brace from Paul Hayes, who opened his account for Brentford in his 12th game but Barron was full of praise for his rock-bottom side.

"Anyone who sees we drew thanks to two own goals will think we had a big slice of luck, but the neutrals who saw it will know we should have won," Barron said. "But for their keeper and some poor finishing we could have had four or five. When we went forward I was very happy, but defensively I thought we looked shaky at times."

Barron added: "I thought Antony Sweeney was unplayable in the first half and but for some missed chances we'd have been ahead.

"When we went 1-0 down I was worried, but we regrouped and stayed in the game. Hopefully this will be a foundation for us to build on and start picking up points."

Bees boss Uwe Rosler was delighted with striker Hayes' reaction to midweek jeering from the home fans.

Rosler said: "He answered them in the best possible way and I was delighted with the way the whole team celebrated his goals.

"We got what we wanted from the game and then should have shut it off by hitting corners and managing the game, but we didn't. I don't blame the two lads for the own goals."

Rosler added: "We didn't have so many clear-cut chances, but created enough to win the game. When we got ahead we needed to show more to get over the line."


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