Robins boss refuses to lose Hart

02 April 2011 07:30
Swindon boss Paul Hart remained defiant after his side could only salvage a point against 10-man Hartlepool. Matt Ritchie`s header brought Town level 13 minutes after Gary Liddle`s 54th-minute red card. However, the point does little for the club`s hopes of avoiding relegation from League One. Hart, whose side have now gone 18 games without a league win, also refused to blame stand-in keeper Phil Smith for his calamitous error which gifted Hartlepool the opening goal. "Nobody will get me to say this is over, we still have a chance. At times like this you don't panic, you retain faith and belief in the players and let them know you have it," said Hart. Swindon's troubles began before kick-off when goalkeeper David Lucas was stretchered out of the pre-match warm-up after his back went into spasm. Smith gifted Hartlepool the lead, throwing the ball straight to Evan Horwood who side-footed into an empty net from 25 yards. Hart added: "I didn't say anything to him at half-time, there wasn't much to say. He didn't do it on purpose, it was a mistake and soon afterwards he pulled off a good save to keep us in the game."

Source: PA

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