HARTLEPOOL United boss Mick Wadsworth admits that he was desperate to nick a late goal for the “Oompa Loompas” and “Santa Clauses” among the travelling support at Charlton Athletic on Saturday.
Pools’ League One season finale was deadlocked entering the final half hour when Wadsworth introduced attacking triumvirate James Brown, Adam Boyd and Leon McSweeney.
And the visitors enjoyed much the better of that closing period as they attacked the goal behind which the fancy-dress clad travelling support were housed.
“The biggest applause should be for our fans who were sensational,” said Wadsworth following the goalless draw, which saw Pools finish in 16th place.
“It was fantastic and I’m pleased that we did not lose on their behalf, but I would dearly have loved to give them a win late in the game.
“I threw caution to the wind in the last 10 minutes or so, that can sometimes kick you in the backside, but we had a couple of little chances.
“I think the fans have gone home happy though because we gave a spirited away performance.”
Wadsworth reflected: “For a last game, there was a lot of spirit – they wanted to win and we certainly wanted to win.
“The first half, they probably shaded it territorially, but second we played quite well and developed some decent situations.
CHARLTON: Elliot, Harriott (Racon 68), Llera, Fortune (Doherty 29), Bessone, Solly, Semedo, Stewart, Wagstaff (Eccleston 75), Wright-Phillips, Benson. Subs: Sullivan, Francis, Nouble, Parrett.
HARTLEPOOL: Flinders, Hartley, Austin, Collins, Horwood, Sweeney, Liddle, Gamble (Boyd 86), Monkhouse, Yantorno (Brown 55), Larkin (McSweeney 64). Subs: Rafferty, Humphreys, Behan, Johnson.
Att: 15,804. Ref: Keith Stroud (Hampshire)