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Post Hartlepool Thoughts: Pete Wild

29 April 2023

Club News

Post Hartlepool Thoughts: Pete Wild

29 April 2023

Barrow boss Pete Wild didn't mince his words as he assessed todays 3-1 defeat at Hartlepool United.

The Bluebirds took a first half lead through Ged Garner, but three goals by the home team condemned the Bluebirds to defeat, whilst we also finished eight men after red cards for Harrison Neal and Patrick Brough, with Josh Gordon also picking up an injury that meant he couldn't finish the game.

"I'm fuming, absolutely fuming. The performance the players put in today was an absolute disgrace and it's not good enough at all.

You know me, for 45 games I've come up after games and defended them at times when it's not been great, but I'm not defending that today.

They (Barrow) scored early and thought it was going to be easy and they've paid Hartlepool the biggest disrespect you could ever pay them. Hartlepool played with desire, with drive, with a great attitude, I thought they were great today and they taught us a lesson in keeping going and driving forward."

More than 300 travelling fans backed the Bluebirds in the North East, with the Gaffer keen to offer his apologies to them for his sides display.

"I can only apologise to our fans today, I'm not having that and I can assure them that yes there is only a week to go, but they will be in this week and I'm going to drive them because I'm not having what I've seen today."

Despite their victory, Hartlepool's relegation to the National League was confirmed due to results elsewhere, but Wild was full of praise for the way the home side went down fighting.

"Everything we are, we weren't today and Hartlepool were everything we normally are. We just weren't there today and I've just told them that they're paid professionals and in any other profession you'd be sacked for a display like that. You know me, I normally hide away the comments I've made in the dressing but that is poor, it's not the Barrow side that we've celebrated this year, it was horrendous.

I don't care what point of the season we're at, by default we end up 9th which is phenomenal, but the players have really let themselves down today and I'm so angry and so frustrated."

With the final fixture of the 2022/23 season to come next weekend, Wild had a clear message for his squad ahead of that game.

"We've got Stevenage at home next week and we've got to turn it on, I've just said that to them in there. I'm going to drive them and I've told them if you don't want to play at home to Stevenage next week, tell me and I'll play the ones who are up for it. We do not finish until a week on Monday, some of them looked like they finished at half past two this afternoon, people have paid good money today to travel and watch that and that's not happening again."

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