Spoils Shared In Entertaining Game
Alex Rae felt that a draw was probably 'a fair result' in the context of the game against Huddersfield Town.
The Seasiders started brightly at the John Smith's Stadium and went ahead in the 27th minute courtesy of Ricardo's Fuller second goal for the club.
But a couple of second-half changes for the home side changed things somewhat, with James Vaughan equalising and then missing from the spot following the dismissal of Angel Martinez.
"Going down to ten men was obviously going to be difficult but it could have been so different," Rae said. "If you take the overall play in the first-half, I thought we were very, very good and very dominant. It would have been nice to maybe get a second one, get a wee bit of breathing space instead of just hanging on.
"Fair play to Huddersfield, they changed their shape and a few personnel and they started causing us problems. Overall it's a performance we're really pleased with."
Illness struck prior to kick-off again and forced Isaiah Osbourne to pull out of the match as the team sheets were being handed in. Another notable omission from the side was skipper Barry Ferguson, who was ruled out with an ankle problem.
"He's going to see a specialist and we'll know on Monday the extent of it and the duration," Pool's assistant manager confirmed.
A home fixture against Bolton Wanderers on Tuesday evening now awaits, with Dougie Freedman's side looking to get their season on track.
"The one thing about Bolton is they've quality right the way through the team. We'll do our homework on them at the match tomorrow and try and get some of the boys back up to shape," Rae added.