A disappointing defeat but one which comes as no great surprise. We didn't play well by all accounts and had no rub of the green. Nathan Ecclestone's equaliser was short-lived in the second-half and Hartlepool deserved the win.
Games in hand rarely deliver the maximum points but it's difficult to see beyond that on paper. This evening's other games went about as well as they could have with MK Dons and Oldham both losing games at home that they shouldn't have. Only Peterborough's win at Yeovil spoiled the card but we remain in fifth place and have missed the chance to overhaul Southampton and Huddersfield with games in hand.
Pressure on for Saturday then and we really need to go and win at Notts County on the following Friday evening if we are to stay close to the hunt for the second automatic promotion place. The test of a good manager is often how his side responds to defeat, so let's see.