By Charlie Summerbell
March 7 2012
You don't always get what you deserve in football, and that was certainly the case for Hartlepool United at Huddersfield, where the home team were lucky to earn a win that keeps their Championship ambitions alive.
The 1-0 scoreline, Pools losing to a late goal, doesn’t tell the whole story – scorelines rarely do. But it does show how close the two teams were over the 90 minutes.
Neale Cooper was honest enough to admit that Pools were slightly fortunate to get a point from Saturday’s home draw with an impressive MK Dons, and he was just as honest after the Huddersfield game.
He told the Northern Echo: "We didn't get what we deserved. To come here, to such a big club, we were very unlucky not to get something.
"We defended well when we had to, under the cosh at spells, but then got over that and they started feeling the tension.
"They got a bit shaky at times and it's a bit like the Preston game when we somehow lost.
"Their goal, the first touch was quality, but maybe he scuffed the shot. These things happen, we never gave up and kept going. Andy Monkhouse hit the post, Boyd and Nish had chances - it wasn't to be.
“Huddersfield were hanging on, we looked strong. I’m proud of the performance, but disappointed not to get something.
"I can only ask the same effort at the weekend when we go to Walsall.''
He could perhaps ask for a bit more luck as well, of course, because Pools could do with the points to keep their mid-table place safe.
Skipper Sam Collins was making his 500th senior and had a blinder in a great team effort, spoiled when Alan Lee’s touch beat Collins and he finished well.
But the Pools hard-luck story included Monkhouse hitting the post, Lee Novak lucky not to be sent off for a foul on Peter Hartley and James Poole going off with another injury.
Games like that happen – the trick is to recover.