Date: 17th February 2016 at 5:20pm
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A mixed affair for Jamie Fullarton in last night’s victory over Hartlepool United at Victoria Park.

In the battle of the new bosses, Fullarton came out on top as we secured a three two victory with a brace from Jon Stead and a Liam Noble effort, but the mixed feeling for Fullarton came from the fact we had a two nil lead inside of the opening 15 minutes, but then needed Stead’s second ten minutes from time to take all three points as we squandered the advantage in the second period.

Speaking to the Nottingham Post in his post game press interviews, a largely pleased gaffer had to take the positive that confidence was improving as not only shown by taking the two goal lead – but in battling on when the scores were again level and not conceding the third, but getting the goal for victory.

‘I think we deserved the three points. On reflection of the overall game, I think the three points were well merited. But the way the game panned out, it taught me something else about the group, individually and collectively, in terms of their resilience that they’re growing together with the confidence and the belief in what we’re doing. It tells you how we’re evolving as a group, and believing in what we’re doing. I thought some of our play, our passages of play and chances created throughout the game, was a step up and a progression from what we’ve done in the last month.’

With the chances created on the day, that was also a positive for the gaffer as he knows despite scoring the three, we could’ve had the third and killed the game off before they came back into it.

‘I think with the conditions as they were, they would play a part, in my eyes, on how they would resort in the second half when they were 2-0 down. I thought it would be a real test for us. The two chances in particular that could have put it beyond doubt in the first half, and gone in at half-time with three or four, changes the dynamics of the game. The impetus they gained when they did score a goal, it would have been lessened (if we were 3-1) because I thought their crowd and the atmosphere was a testing cauldron. I think that then reflects really well on our group; how we responded.’

Once Hartlepool were back in the match, they exerted plenty of pressure, and that led to Fullarton again praising the spirit to see that through before finally getting the winner.

‘I think it was 10 or 15 minutes, and we’ve got to put that in the context of a 95-minute game. It was 15 minutes where we were up against the elements and momentum and enthusiasm. We were pegged back in. How we dealt with it, it showed the character of the lads.’

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