Pools’ togetherness delights boss Craig Harrison

Jonathan Franks celebrates his winning goal for Pools at Solihull Moors
Jonathan Franks celebrates his winning goal for Pools at Solihull Moors

Craig Harrison saluted the “grit, character, determination, commitment and togetherness” of Hartlepool United after they clinched their second last-gasp National League win of the week.

Pools looked like having to settle for a point at Solihull Motors on Saturday, after the hosts made it 1-1 from a hotly-disputed 86th-minute penalty through one-time Sunderland loanee Darren Carter.

But, with normal time almost over, Jonathan Franks (pictured) shot past Nathan Vaughan to send 339 Pools fans into ecstasy.

“My heart’s OK, but I’m getting more grey hairs by the day,” laughed Harrison, just four days after Michael Woods had headed in the winner against Barrow in the seventh-minute of injury time.

“We showed again that we have a winning mentality and we won’t just settle for a point away from home.

“If you are looking at the bigger picture a point away from home might be a good point if you win your home matches.

“But the boys went for the win in those last few minutes and got us a fantastic result.

“The lads showed the grit, character, determination, commitment and togetherness to go and win the game with just a few minutes left.”

Pools had led when sub Rhys Oates converted a Jack Munns cross early in the second half.

It was an inspired double change by Harrison after withdrawing James Thorne and Lewis Hawkins.

But that goal was chalkled out when referee Matthew Donohue awarded a sogft penalty when sub Richard Brodie went down under Carl Magnay’s challenge.

“I thought they made a huge impact and for that first 20 minutes of the second half we played well,” said Harrison. “We were really good.

“We maybe took our foot off the pedal a bit when I’d like to have seen us go for the jugular.

“It’s sometimes natural to find yourselves dropping deeper as a defence but that was a very poor penalty.

“That was never in a hundred years a penalty - was it the wind that blew him over?

“He’s done his job and got the decision and the lad has tucked it away.

“But the lads showed the grit, character, determination, commitment and togetherness to go and win the game with just a few minutes left.”

Back-to-back wins have only lifted Pools to 13th, but they are now just a point shy of the play-offs.