Blackpool 2 Hartlepool Utd 1: Ex-Sunderland defender rues letting down Pools’ big travelling support

Pools' Scott Harrison wins an aerial duel at Blackpool. Picture by Frank Reid
Pools' Scott Harrison wins an aerial duel at Blackpool. Picture by Frank Reid
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Scott Harrison felt Hartlepool United “massively” let down their travelling army.

The powerful centre-half, who had another tremendous game at the heart of Dave Jones’s defence, said he and the side were gutted not to have clinched a result at Blackpool on Saturday.

Pools were definitely the winners in the fan stakes – an amazing total of 1,684 were packed into the away end, singing and chanting from start to finish.

But they did not get a victory to celebrate, not even a draw after the promotion play-off hopefuls fought back from a goal down to beat an impressive Pools, 2-1.

Lewis Alessandra’s superbly-taken ninth goal of the season sent the blue and white army into ecstasy in the 18th minute.

Sadly, the advantage lasted only three minutes as Bright Osayi-Samuel pulled the hosts level with the fans screaming for a handball – a decision that did not come.

After the interval, the play was end-to-end with sub Luke Vassell clinching an 81st-minute winner with a complete fluke.

Pools performed very well, though Harrison admitted he found it hard to take the positives from the game.

“The fans were proud of the performance and gave us a great reception,” said the 23--year-old.

“They saw the hard work we put in but I still feel we let them down massively.

“The majority of the season our mindset away from home has been one of losing .

“But we know now we are capable of going away from home and winning.

“We won at Cambridge but in the other games I don’t think our performances are being reflected in the results.”

Harrison, or any of the players for that matter, have absolutely no need for any thoughts of reproach.

The former Sunderland youth team product believed the result could have been different had they been able to protect the lead given to them by Alessandra’s stunning turn and shot.

“Lewie scored, all the lads were buzzing and the fans were going mental but them scoring straight away just killed it,” he said.

“It put us on the back foot.

“There were chances there for us,

“I don’t think they were much better than us, or better than us at all.

“We just couldn’t take the chances we had.

“Recently we’ve started sloppily and finished the better team.

“Blackpool came out well but when we got the ball down and played I thought we looked the better team.

“For defenders, we don’t think so because we’ve conceded two goals.

“We did have chances, attacked the ball from set-pieces and caused them problems there.”

Harrison had hoped to celebrate him signing a new and improved contract to stay at the Northern Gas & Power Stadium.

“I thought defended the basics well, won headers, but feel I could have done better, with some little things,” he said.

“I can’t be happy because the result was disappointing.

“Obviously what’s happened to me [with the new contract] is a big change from last yesr.

“Then I didn’t know what I was going to do, what would happen to me, but it’s now a relief to have it done.

“At the end of last season, I was released – maybe it was a kick up the backside

“I feel I have progressed from there and become a better player for it.

“I am trying to keep the same mentality, work-rate, I just hope I don’t have one of those slumps again. I feel I am playing pretty well.”

So too are Pools.